This week I am focusing on the Family Pillar of Live a BIG Life.
As a professional speaker and corporate trainer, I travel all over the country and that equates to a lot of meals on my own. I get to watch the dynamics of the other diners and I’ve noticed that families are not interacting with each other. Often the parents are glued to their cell phones and don’t pay any attention to their children. The children are even glued to iPads and Smart Phones watching movies instead of learning social skills while out with their families.
Time is something we can’t replace. The people we are with can’t be replaced. I know this all too well. We act as if “relationships are something to be squeezed into our schedule.” Yet, you aren’t going to regret not spending more time on your devices, Tweeting or sharing things on Facebook. You will regret not spending time with those you love.
Going forward, let’s not be so stingy with ourselves, our attention or our love. After all, these are the people who are there for us; they love us and they want our love and attention. Take a moment for conversation. Take interest, ask questions. Make observations together – even bring a game along if you are dining out with your family. When dining with a group of adults here’s a fun game to play. Place all your devices in the center of the table (stacked upon one another, screens facing downward). The first person to reach for their device during dinner pays the check for everyone.
Enjoy the relationships in your life, this week and every week.
This week’s message on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4BxQ1tTd6g&feature=youtu.be
Don’t forget to send in your photos – I want to see you enjoying time with your family! Ex: Playing board games or wii with your kids, out hiking or swimming , or out to dinner – WITHOUT YOUR DEVICES ON! (Well, except to snap that photo). Share at Live a BIG Life on Facebook. Win an awesome cooler filled with great BIG Life goodies.
I’m not the only one who has noticed this trend. Here’s another fun message by Kid President to Moms that you might enjoy too! (10 Things Every Mom Should Know)
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Join the Monday Motivator Contest
Join the contest this month – add your family fun photo to the Joan Burge Live a BIG Life Facebook page. Here is what others are doing with their families this summer: