Me: Technology is a tool.
Me: We need to work on balancing when and how you use it.
Me: Be with people.
Me: Look up information and then put it down.
Me: I think we are going to take a break from it for a week over vacation.
Her: I can do that but I might need it for the car ride.
Me: Nope, not even on the car ride, you can do other things.
Her: I get it! It's not a lifestyle!
This is how our day started over breakfast. I was using my calm voice with wait time for processing. She knew I wasn't thrilled she was on it when I checked in. Some times I do still check in just to make sure she's settled in. I think I'll look up the definition of lifestyle but in this quiet moment we both burst out laughing as she heard my words and began processing them.
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