Encourage analog living. Otherwise screens will dominate your life.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a love hate relationship with technology. I love the convenience. I love the opportunities for connection. (Seriously, what did military families do before they could FaceTime with each other from halfway across the world)? But with that comes a lot of distraction and a propensity toward laziness. And I hate that.

I hate that it’s the norm to stalk someone online and “follow” their life but never actually pick up the phone and call them. I hate that screen related entertainment is the rule rather than the exception. Going to the movies used to be sort of magical. Now, with big screen TVs and streaming services, the theater holds less appeal.

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We certainly use screens a lot in our family. But we also make it a point to encourage other things for ourselves as well. Like getting outside in some fashion every day. I’m a big fan of walks myself. Or taking the time to read a book. We love the library.

I know that technology won’t go backwards and I have to change with the times. I know that my kids are growing up in a world where they’ll never remember a time before mobile phones and Google. My generation will be the last who can say that.

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But I also know there’s a lot to be said for slowing down and at least in some things, enjoying a more analog existence. And hopefully, despite the insane explosion of all things digital, my kids will pass that along to their own children one day.