My 3-Year-Old Is Texting?!

My parents were in town last week they watched my three-year-old during the day while I was working. While driving around downtown Boulder, my mother looked back at Madeline who was quietly engrossed in something while sitting in her car seat and asked her what she was doing. “I’m texting mommy,” she stated bluntly as she tapped at her play phone.
OMG what have I done?
Do I really have my face in the phone so often that she’s picked up the lingo and has now got it down?
I’ve spent the last 15 years managing my own business and yes, I’ll admit, I consider my iPhone indispensible to me. A lot of it’s work and now there are all these other time suckers like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
But it’s not just me. Last Thanksgiving, while sitting around the table, we calculated that between me, my husband, my two kids, my parents, my brother, his girlfriend and my sister, we owned 7 Macbook Airs, 8 iPhones, and 10 iPads. We found ourselves more than once all sitting around the living room on our respective devices. Insane.
And then, this morning, while I was taking a shower, I sat Madeline up on my bed to watch Sesame Street and I heard Oscar The Grouch telling his fans that he was logging on to his laptop so he could listen to his online university course! Ok. They are learning it everywhere.
Our younger generations are definitely more electronically equipped than we were at their ages. Oscar The Grouch is using a laptop and my three year old has an iPad and knows how to find her favorite song, “I’ve Got To Move It, Move It” on my iPhone.
Admit it: If you need help in the Apple Store, you wish there was a 12-year-old waiting on you, not a 50-year-old (and hopefully one with blue hair and tattoos, right?).
Technology is a major part of our lives whether we like it or not. There is no denying it. Our kids are going to have these gadgets around forever. So then what’s enough? Too much? How are you dealing with preventing the wave of technology from completely overtaking your home and your children’s minds and yet not being a hypocrite about it in the process?
The latest technology has helped us become more “independent,” but at what cost? Does taking a “day off” from work, yet still spending three hours on one of these devices really count as a break? Are you able to set parameters? Although these devices may allow you to be around your family more, are you really with your family?
My family just created a new rule in the car. If we are driving with another family member and if the drive is less than 15 minutes long, then we are not allowed to text or be on the phone. This has actually allowed us to interact more as a family. Yes, it is a minimal rule, but it is a start and has proven beneficial.
Be aware of how devices affect you and your family. Set limitations. At times, forget, withdraw from or even LOSE your device

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Hayley Hobson is an author, speaker, business coach, yogi, Pilates and holistic nutritional expert based in Boulder, CO. Hayley creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to strengthen, nourish and evolve through the cycles and shifts in life. Combining cutting edge understanding in all three disciplines due to years of anatomical study and dietary theory, Hayley’s approach leverages their blended benefits and results. Her unique and intelligent style promotes strengthening while softening–empowering her client’s to heal not only their physical bodies, but their hearts and minds as well. Hayley studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, with David Wolfe, raw food expert and is an essential oil expert in her own right. She is a doTERRA Presidential Diamond and a Pangea Beauty Ecologist. Her insights and articles can also be found on her blog, Positively Positive, Natural Cures, Yoganonomous and Elephant Journal . She has also been featured in Pilates Style magazine, Natural Health magazine and Triathlete Magazine. She has fun running and playing in the mountains with her husband, former world-ranked triathlete, Wes Hobson and their two beautiful daughters, Makenna and Madeline. To learn more about her nutritional courses, events she's hosting and custom programs go to or follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest.