A happy belated Mother’s Day to all the mothers who follow my blog! I’m sure some of you have seen this article by now. If you haven’t please feel free to read Rachel’s recent article on “How to Miss a Childhood” and be prepared for a virtual blow to your gut.
I read this article and it made me really sick to think about how children and their relationships with their parents and others are being affected by technology. Here I was thinking how “incredible” it was that my oldest has been expertly navigating a Blackberry and then an iPhone from about 15 months of age. This never should have been a surprise to me, considering my attachment to gadgets, devices and the like. It made me really sad to think about this actually. This is not an “accomplishment”. It’s a sign and a sad one.
I used to think I was pretty good with setting the boundaries with no cell phones at the dinner table, while we’re dining out, while at the park with my boys, but there are so many other opportunities when they are not receiving my 1000% undivided attention. I used to shudder and throw dirty looks at parents out having dinner with their children, but there they were, both parents on their phones and yep, you guessed it, on Facebook. Agh!
I am so guilty of perusing my phone at all hours of the day and night and while “spending time with my children”. I’m great at multitasking, so no problem right? Oh, so wrong. What does that say to my boys? That they aren’t worth my everything? I was so moved by Rachel’s article that I’ve committed to a new way of interacting and spending my time with my boys sans iPhone. The phone does not need to follow me, or stay by my side at every second. If it’s a matter of life or death, the insistent rings/texts will tell me so. In the past several weeks, I actually turned off all notifications on my phone except for phone calls/text messages and what a relief that has been! No longer am I grabbing my phone for every email ding, Twitter mention, Facebook tag, Instagram comment, Pinterest comment, airfare special, etc. How often must I really check my various social media streams? Is it that much more important than the day to day development of my boys? Not in the least.
I hope her article hit home for many. It’s so easy to lose sight of what really matters. I will never get these days or moments back, so once they’re gone, they’re gone. Have you read Rachel’s article? What did you think of it? I do hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day, even though I know everyday is Mother’s Day truly. I was ecstatic about my first big craft projects from my boys! For this sentimental mama, nothing beats these fingerprints, hand prints and TLC that went into creating these treasures. I get a bit misty-eyed just looking at these and knowing I’ll hang onto these for many, many years (and show them off to any girls they bring home when that day comes).
Huong Forrest Photography is the passion, vision and dream of one Reno newborn photographer, Huong Forrest. I specialize in newborn photography and have a great passion for capturing Reno's tiniest new residents. I also adore capturing the innocence of babies and children, the love and passion of a newlywed couple and their wedding and I greatly enjoy revealing the beauty, confidence and fierceness of your everyday woman.
When I'm not with my clients, you will find me running around with my two adorable sons, helping people improve their health and wellness with It Works! Global, giving back where I can in several photography forums and blogging about business, photography and motherhood.
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