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Hold The Phone

By Will PriceSeptember 25, 2012

How has your family life changed since the mobile phone movement started?

If you take a look back into the history of mobile phones you will find that the development of mobile phones was first intended for emergency purposes only. The mobile phone was an incredible invention that eased family member’s minds by providing a line of communication that once never existed. What a great idea! However, I believe that what once was intended for emergencies only has transformed into a family emergency because family members can’t put down their phones. The problem is that people simply cannot resist the desire to be constantly connected. The sobering reality is that while the mobile phone was intended to be a lifeline for families, it has turned into a family lifestyle of constant distraction and interruption.

Have you ever heard the phrase “Hold the phone!”? That phrase is a well-known idiom of times past that many people used when they wanted to stop and think through something. The irony of it in this article is that in this day and age, we don’t have the time to stop and think through anything because all we do is hold the phone.

With that, I want to challenge families to put down the phone with the following ideas:

1 – Set aside time every evening when everyone in the family has to disconnect from his or her phone. Dinnertime might be the best time for this to happen. If you can get everyone in the family to disconnect from their phones, there’s a chance that you can get everyone in the family to connect with each other.  Set the table together. Cook together. Talk together. Think together. I believe this could revolutionize how your family interacts.

2 – Place reasonable phone limitations on everyone in the family. I used the word reasonable because I believe many parents tend to place very strict limitations on their kids. Instead, be reasonable. Unleash your kids with some freedom and responsibility, and make adjustments as needed. I believe kids tend to operate more respectfully when they feel like their parents trust them.

Parents, you’re not off the hook with this one. Notice I said, “place limitations on everyone?” I believe it is so important that we lead by example. Don’t place limitations on your kids that you can’t handle yourself.

3 - Declare a “phone fast” once a week (or once a month) where everyone places his or her phone in a box for the entire day. Wouldn’t it be incredible if your family could spend an entire day together, distraction free? Just think about how connected you would be by the end of the day!  Just think about how much you could get done! Just remember: work, relationships, Facebook, and other forms of media will be just fine without you for a day. Your family needs you, and you need them.

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Hold the phone, people! I think we might have a few simple solutions to the problem that we — hold the phone — way too much.

AUTHOR OVERVIEW

Will is the Family Pastor at Calvary Chapel in Port Saint Lucie, FL. He is passionate about leading a movement that believes Jesus is better than anything this world has to offer. Will also has a big heart for families and strives to put families in a position to win at life. Will has a degree in Leadership and Ministry and has been involved in family ministries for 10 years. Will is a frequent speaker on life, family, and faith issues, and his approach is always from a biblical worldview. Will can be reached at wprice@calvarypsl.org

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