4.27.2011

No Phone!

Yesterday when Adam got home from work, Henry wanted to go get into the truck and "drive." While Henry was pretend-driving, Adam pulled out his phone to check his email. Henry quickly said, "No phone. No phone please!" and so Adam put away his phone.

Later, after our little family walk, Henry and Adam were up in our room and Henry was playing with our laundry hamper. Adam pulled out his phone to see if he had a response from an earlier email and Henry said again, "No phone."

Adam and I were discussing this and were amazed and convicted. I feel like we do a lot of family activities and play together often. But he is seeing the times when we're distracted. We want him to feel cherished and seen by us and he clearly wants us to watch him and take delight in him. Of course, there is practical business that has to be attended to and that's fine. We just have to work to separate that part of life with playing with our sons. (Plus, if I'm honest, it's usually not important business that distracts me, personally.)

We let him stay up a little later last night after Elliot had gone to bed so that he could do his silly dances for us a bit longer while we watched and clapped. There was pure glee on his face as he entertained us. We will never regret giving him our full & undivided attention. That email can wait...

5 comments:

CaseyWiegand said...

oh gosh, so true. so convicting. love this

Adams Plus One said...

Good post. I've already noticed myself doing this - checking email or FB - and realize that whatever it is that I am doing is NOT more important than Mathew. Ahh.. technology. Curses! Kidding. :)

C and G said...

such good insight! I do this too. good to be aware of. thanks!

The Tylers said...

Very true. Our children are so aware. What a good reminder!

MJ said...

Out of the mouths of babes!