Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.
~ Mother Teresa
Smart Technology enriches our lives in many ways. It helps us get messages, emails, Facebook posts and appointments the quickest we’ve ever been able to navigate the Internet. We can use it to watch our favorite programming for hours on end and find new favourites based on our watching algorithms. One could argue that SMART technology makes us more effective and less effective depending on the situation. If we are constantly dialled into a screen and not making the most of our time together as friends and family the technology is not moving us forward. Relationships require real “FaceTime” and we should encourage the youth in our sphere of influence to spend quality (no tech zone) time with friends and family. SMART is knowing when to utilize the convenience and fun of technology and knowing when to put it aside for the sake of our well-being. When you set limits with children, Dr. Lasser says, kids can start learning how to self-regulate and know when screen time is interfering too much with the rest of their lives. (nytimes.com)
Families have the fun of figuring out how to make space for “no tech zones” and as their children internalize this concept they reproduce the concept in the lives of their friendships.
We want to encourage families to do all they can to engage with their children and youth about what is important on this journey. The smartest thing our kids can choose is to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, and strength. May we seek out ways to spend meaningful and anticipated real time together as a family to nurture faith in the context of those family relationships.
Parents, grandparents and great-grandparents can have a part in imparting their spiritual “smarts” to the next generation.
Let's do coffee
Marleigh and Marsha are available for a coffee house style presentation and discussion on this issue for schools, churches and community groups.