This chapter is so interesting to me, its about attention and presence. In a world where we believe that presence is so important to spiritual relationship.
But also as we see, so important to human relationships.
I think this chapter hinges off of the idea in this quote "When we are on vacation with our families, our various devices are like ocean currents that can cause us to drift apart from each other. At home, the tidal wave of technology that pulls us in separate directions is usually even stronger. In the midst of the challenges of finding tech-free shelter in an uber-tech world, the goal of this chapter is to help you create healthy media rituals and routines that fit your family and works with the ebbs and flows of your unique schedule."
This goal is a good one and I think it will look different for each and every person and it may even look different in different seasons.
But I would encourage you, to find holy rhythms, even as parents, to connect with your kids, and invite them into the same space. Because this chapter touches on something I think is a bit overlooked when we think about kids and tech.
"Kids live in a world filled with grown-ups who seem to be constantly checking or using their phones or laptops."
If we desire for kids to be engaged, so must us adults. In other words, adults must lead by example, and then invite kids into spaces where they are not going to be on digital media.
Or the quote from the son in the end of the chapter strikes me "Dad, I'm glad you didn't bring your phone. Now you can be with me a the game instead of telling all your friends on Facebook you're at the football game with me."
In short, Create spaces and rhythms in life free of tech, and lead by example.