Last night my 22-month-old son refused bedtime. After two hours of sleepytime rituals – and lots of hyperventilating – he finally dozed off. It wasn’t always this way; up until a month ago he was a sound little sleeper who went down for the night with very little fuss.
In our sleuthing, we surmised that he has a media addiction. Or at least that’s one of the theories we ran through when he would walk up to the tv and say “please.” And then it smacked me in the face.
We have a media addiction.
So as a start, today I am making a simple, week-long pledge:
1. No television
2. Check email and social media three times a day: morning, noon, quitting time.
3. No cellphone use before bedtime or during the night.
I’m seeking fasting partners in case anyone wants to join in!
P.S. My knee-jerk reaction was to finally cut the cable and physically move the TV out of the living room. I decided a week-long experiment to self-limit was a better option. Check in with you next week!