I saw two kids swinging on the swings in the park today. After all, it’s summer time so this scene isn’t something that is terribly out of the ordinary. In fact, I’d go ahead and classify it as idyllic.
The only difference was, these two boys were sitting on the swings next to each other. On their phones. Heads down, not talking to one another at all. Both totally engrossed in whatever was happening on that (damn) little device that is sucking people in left and right (myself included!).
But before I passed any judgement on these kids, I had a thought: I bet they witness that exact same scene in their home every single day. Mom and Dad, done with dinner and dishes, crashed on the couch sitting next to each other…on their phones. Not talking to one another, just sitting there engrossed in the screen.
Guilty as charged.
If I’m really honest, there’s not even anything on my phone that’s even that compelling. Almost all of the stuff on my phone, after work hours, is simply mindless.
We are teaching our kids to mindlessly fill every gap, margin, and space of their life with a screen. Ugh.
I could continue on phone rants for ages (most of which would be driven from personal conviction of guilt and wanting to do better myself), but instead I wanted to put together a list for you of a place to start on how to fill that void, that gap, those margins with something that is more life-giving if you absolutely have to have a brain break.
Summer Mom Life Challenge – Pick Up a Book Instead of Your Phone
Try the challenge – instead of reaching for your phone in the morning, at night, to veg on the couch after hours, grab one of these books instead. You’ll feel so much more alive, awake, and engaged in the world around you.
Here’s a list of my favorite books right now, that in my opinion, are good enough to make you put your phone down.
- Loving My Actual Life – An Experiment in Relishing What’s Right In Front of Me | Alexandra Kuykendall
- The Moment of Lift | Melinda Gates
- I’m Still Here – Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness | Austin Channing Brown
- Jesus Feminist | Sarah Bessey
- Everybody Always – Becoming Love In a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People | Bob Goff
- The Happiest Kids in the World – How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids by Doing Less | Rina Acosta & Michele Hutchison
- Becoming | Michelle Obama
- Eat Cake, Be Brave | Melissa Radke
- Torn – Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays vs Christian Debate | Justin Lee
- Imperfect Courage | Jessica Honegger
Or if you more in the mood for some parenting books, I have this ongoing list of parenting resources I love (because remember I am NOT an expert), and I also have this list of personal growth resources that have helped me in my journey to find purpose and identity!
What’s currently on your nightstand to read? Any recommendations for a good fiction book for me?