In all seriousness however, this decision came out of my aim to protect my family and my sanity and to secure my almost one year old son a healthy, old-fashioned Childhood that involves minimal amounts of tech and a maximum amount of our attention and guidance.
Just a week ago I was so upset with myself, I have been browsing Facebook and Instagram on my phone for 15, 20,30 minutes before I realised that after a bit of a tantrum Fynley resolved to sitting down in the corner of the room to play all by himself. This digital outlet has become an addiction, a replacement to real human connections and it has been stealing me from my son - or to put it more accurately, I let it suck me in. All it took is a little sit down with myself and a good think about the image I am projecting to my family. When I am on my iPad or phone Fynley desperately wants to play with whatever it is that is engaging my attention so strongly, so when I pull away, or say 'No' and continue swiping away at the screen far from his reach all he is getting from me is, 'Go away! You're annoying. Leave me alone. I have no time for your wants, needs or feelings. Entertain yourself. This device is more important than you.' After realising this, I felt sick. It is more than selfishness on my part as a parent, it is neglect. Although I don't do it all the time, and sometimes it is an important phone call or e-mail, it does absolutely eat up a lot of my time, and sometimes it can add up to 1.30 or 2 hours a day! We all do it, and if it isn't phones, iPads and laptops it's television or video games. But I am through with that. This is not what I signed up for when I became a parent, what I signed up for is to become the most caring, loving and positively-influential parent I can possibly be to my child and this is the first step towards that.
I realise that keeping a blog is not exactly 'plugging-out' but I intend on keeping this site going and to continue crafting and selling, although sans social media advertising I realise it will be harder. However, this is a tiny sacrifice for the well-being of my family.
Needless to say, I will now only post when Fynn is sleeping.
Oh, by the way, our little angel has learned how to walk <3
Tanya, Over and out.