We had to make a new rule at our house:
No devices at the dinner table.
We’ve always guarded our family time around meals. We’ve always strived to avoid dinner around the TV. Sure, there are exceptions, like pizza and a movie. You know, fun stuff like that.
So when we began to feel screens creeping into our normal meal times, we had to put an end to it. Everyone is following along and there are consequences to any violators. I think the key to our success, is that we acted on it before it became “normal.”
For some families, however, perhaps something like the Pepper Hacker would be a worthwhile investment for a device-free dinnertime:
[Video via YouTube]
The technology—I get it. What really blew me away was some of the responses!?!? (Believe me, I am counting my blessings. This never happend to us—phew!)
Like all new forms of technology, I think it can take a little time for everyone to figure out where it does and doesn’t belong—as well as what is and isn’t appropriate.