Session 3- Daily Life
Tech Around the Clock
On average, how much time do your children spend on an electric device on a typical weekday? How much time do you spend on an electric device?
Do you check your phone within the first hour of being awake?
What is the last thing you do before bed?
Do you sleep with your phone next to you?
4. Waking & Sleeping
We wake up before our devices do, and they “go to bed” before we do.
“[Sleep] is the way our bodies deal with the immense complexity and demands of growth of all kinds—intellectual, physical, emotion, and even spiritual. Heart, mind, soul, and strength all are nurtured while we sleep.” pg 112
“Screens also interrupt our sleep by bringing before us the constant stream of entertainment, titillation, communication, and demands of our daytime lives.”
· How has technology impacted your own sleep patterns or quality of sleep?
5. Learning & Working
We aim for “no screens before double digits” at school and at home.
“The best and richest experiences of learning, it turns out, are embodied ones. They require and build on physical experience and activity. This begins with the most basic things typical children learn in their first years of life.” pg 124
· What is the impact of technology on this statement?
6. The Good News About Boredom
We us screens for a purpose, and we use them together, rather than using them aimlessly and alone.
“The problem isn’t with our devices themselves—it’s with the way we use them. We simply have to turn off the easy fixes and make media something we use on purpose and rarely rather than aimlessly and frequently.” pg 148
· How does your family approach the idea of boredom in your homes?
7. The Deep End of the (Car) Pool
Car time is conversation time.
“We miss out on cultivating the virtue of patience, the kind of patience that can help us survive or even enjoy a long car ride.” pg 159
· What is one way you can create space for caring conversations in the car?
8. Naked and Unashamed
Spouses have one another's passwords and total access to children's devices.
“We rob the easy-everywhere world of its power to seduce us not so much by the rules we put in place as by the dependence on one another we cultivate—depending on one another to help us be our best selves, growing in wisdom and courage and serving one another in a world that wants to make us into shallow slaves of the self." pg 179
We will use this space as a follow-up to our Sunday morning discussions. If you're unable to make it to one of the Sunday morning discussions we'll also post a brief summary here as well as some specific questions or activities you can do with your family.
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