What is that thing that keeps us doing the things we know bring us misery? I can't solve it, but I can take steps to thwart it.
I've felt disconnected from my kids lately. Part of it is a relentless work schedule, and part of it is that I'm very selfish. I choose an open computer or a refreshed twitter feed or an instagram post at times, when I should really choose a moment with my kid. I'm aware of it while it's happening, and I can't break out of it. It's an addiction that's costing me time I can't get back.
I put them second to other stuff more than I should. And what do they care? They're on iPads or watching TV, numbed to the world.
I'm turning off the electronics.
On Thanksgiving, I'm turning it all off.
Computers, cellphones, facebook, minecraft, ipads, dumb ways to die, despicable me, texting, emails, TV, everything.
For me and all of my kids. If work wants to reach me at home, they can call my land line. If my kids want to watch YouTube videos or google information, they can wait until 2015.
It's time to turn shit off. Keeping it on is turning me into a bad parent and time is just too valuable to waste on twitter Internet strangers.
It will be a fun experiment.