Vanessa is a working mother who uses her laptop and smartphone to conduct business when she’s at home. In between giving her children a bath and preparing dinner, she can often be found skimming her emails on her smartphone or checking the news alerts for updates impacting her business. If she is under a deadline, she may even set-up her laptop in the kitchen and work a bit while waiting to pull a roast out of the oven.
Vanessa thought she had a handle on it all, juggling work and home life in admirable fashion, until she overheard her children one evening:
“We can’t ask mom, she’s on the computer again.”
“She’s always working. She never wants to play with us.”
“Let’s hide her smartphone.”
And the guilt sets in.
. . .
You and I both know that Vanessa is by no means a bad mother. She is just like you and me, trying to make it all work. She reminds me of that Enjoli commercial from the 80’s: She’s bringing home the bacon, frying it up in a pan . . . ( We’ll leave her husband out of the tale for the moment.)
How can Vanessa alleviate her guilt and be a better digital role model for her children?
What works in your house? Please send in your stories and comments. I would love to hear from you!
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