Today is the National Day of Unplugging. You’re supposed to spend a day away from your technology–do you think you can do it? No games on the phone or ipad, no funny videos…no tv for a day?? It’s a good challenge to try. Fun facts about tech: mobile phone throwing competitions are a real thing, Google hired a camel to do a Google Earth street view of a desert, and teens who spend too much time on social media are less content with their lives.
So, for some of you, it wouldn’t be that hard to unplug for a day. But what about your parents? Are they on their phones a lot? Maybe they need to do some tech stuff for work, but when they’re around you at the house–do they need to unplug? Can you help? Try and suggest a family activity–play games, go to the park and play kickball, try a new recipe and cook something awesome for dinner.
It’s okay for you to help your parents, right? You need to respect and listen to them, and not go overboard, but sometimes parents need help with things too. Be encouraging and supportive to your parents–help make it easier for them, and have a great attitude. They should set a good example for you to follow, so be understanding that adults do need tech for jobs and taking care of daily things like your practices, daycare, and all that, but you can try and nudge them to new fun things that don’t include tech.
12 “You must honor and respect your father and your mother. Do this so that you will have a full life in the land that the Lord your God gives you.
Exodus 20:12 (ERV)
6 Teach children in a way that fits their needs, and even when they are old, they will not leave the right path.
Proverbs 22:6 (ERV)
Dear Lord, help me to balance my life and not get over run by things like technology. Help me to value time with my family and friends, time outside in creation, and time with you more. Amen.