Like it or not, technology is distancing us from our children. If you’re in the minority and don’t cave (or let your kids cave) to the constant cravings for communications, good for you. The rest of us… aren’t doing so well. In fact, according to Common Sense Media, 77 percent of parents feel their teens get distracted by technology devices and don’t pay attention when they’re together. And the kicker: 41 percent of teens felt exactly the same way about their parents.
We’re missing out on real time with our kids because our screen time is taking over. No matter how often we vow to do better, too often we get sucked right back in, not realizing all we’re missing out on.
To show families that they can survive without technology and actually have fun (gasp!), #HatchKids teamed up with Fruitocracy® and took a group of Hatch tweens on a camping adventure with their parents. The goal of the trip was to give everyone the chance to disconnect from their technology to reconnect with one another. No phones, no iPads, no nothing — all day.
The results were pretty amazing. The kids and parents both discovered how much fun exploring the outdoors can be.
Interestingly, it was the parents who reported missing their phones more than the tweens missed them. Parents and tweens from all four families, however, agreed that they wanted to spend more time doing interactive, technology-free activities like this one. All the kids said they would rather spend time outside with their parents than stay indoors with their phones and computers. (They like us better than their phones — they really do!)
If camping isn’t your thing, fear not. There are plenty of other technology-free ways to have fun. For example:
As parents, we can start the initiative to make #DisconnectToReconnect a reality in our daily lives so that our memories down the road are of what we truly care most about: one another.
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