It’s less than 24 hours to begin our “Disconnect to Reconnect” campaign. All kinds of organizations have picked up on it, from Wired Magazine, to Parents.com, to Fox News, Huffington Post, Charisma News Service, Focus on the Family, and many many more. Remember the basic premise: Can you put down your wireless device, computer, and cell phone for 24 hours in order to reconnect face to face with your family on Fathers Day? It will be tough. As a reminder, here’s a couple of important tips to help:
1. Before going to bed tonight, check your e-mail one final time, turn off your mobile device and put it in another room. You may get the shakes, but you’ll get over it.
2. Plan the day well. Alcoholics are very susceptible during periods of boredom and it’s no different with an internet junkie. Plan a day of special activities with your family, so you’ll be less inclined/tempted to check email or go online. And, if the family takes you out, leave the mobile device at home! (You may be shocked, but yes – there was a time in ancient days when we actually left the house without a phone).
Remember – your kids watch your behavior more than they listen to your words. And when they see you unable to disconnect from email, text messages and Twitter? You’re telling them that what’s on your phone is more important to you than they are.
Give it a shot, and who knows? Maybe it will become an annual event. Are you in?