Magazine article Work & Family Life

'No Smartphones and iPads at the Dinner Table'

Magazine article Work & Family Life

'No Smartphones and iPads at the Dinner Table'

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QYour article about kids and technology (October issue) inspired us to make some changes at our house. We have a new rule now: no smartphones or iPads at the dinner table. It's a start-and I'd like to hear other ideas for ways to get a handle on the digital invasion of our personal space.

-A.L., Ferndale, MI

A We all need to find ways to disconnect from devices that seem to be taking over our lives. You've made a good start by banning phones and iPads during meals. Setting time limits and creating new family rules on how to use technology will help everyone to change their behavior. Here are some more ideas:

Put your phone out of earshot into a designated "lockbox" when you get home, so you won't hear it or see it lighting up. You can spend time with your family and your evenings will be more relaxed. "I have young kids and when I get home from work, I want to be with them," says one mom.

For older children, assign digital CURFEWS. …

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