Devices can distract us from daily communications, chores, and prevent us from connecting with the people we love most. Although we are there physically, we need to be there mentally and have full attention on the matter at hand.
Researchers have suggested that our brain is not capable of tending to a task fully while engaged with a device. Have you ever been watching a movie while scrolling through facebook and missed a line then had to go back and listen again? I have too. Our brain is not set up to perform two tasks fully simultaneously. We need to be present with each other when we have the opportunity to do so. By creating a central charging location, we may be able to implement such a lifestyle.
A central location for charging devices can help the entire family. One immediate benefit is that you and your kids will know where your device is all the time. Family time should be entertainment without devices(tablet, phones, gaming devices).
By creating a central location for devices, you are starting to promote healthy habits for you and your kids. Create a central location for chargeable devices for all members of the family teens, children, and parents. Everyone can place their devices here for easy access and to get a full charge when not in use. This location would also house the device at night when not in use.
Some Ideas where to place this location
• Beside your entertainment center
• On a table in an entryway
• On a side table in your family room
• On the Kitchen counter
New habits usually take 14 to 28 day to form after repetition. If all family members participate in centralizing their devices every day, a pattern will eventually form naturally. To ensure responsibility to your child, make sure the areas are kid-friendly allowing them to plug in and take their device when needed.
Your children will always know where their devices are, and you will know at a glance if your kids are playing with their devices. Your child’s task of placing the device at the central location will teach the following.
◦ Responsibility for their things
◦ Self-confidence in completing the task
◦ Knowledge of where their device is located
A central location for chargeable devices can change your household activity. Parents can connect with their kids over a meal. Kids will be able to talk with parents who are not distracted. Parents can monitor their children's use of their device quickly and easily.