Evite Device Free Dinner Challenge

To say that I’m addicted to my phone is an understatement. But let’s really look at the full situation. I manage a blog with a few hundred thousand followers, along with a full time job with programing that runs from 9AM to 9PM. If I’m not doing something for my blog (messages, posts, memes…) I’m answering some text from an employee. There are times that if it weren’t for my phone, I’d be stuck in my office.


I know this for a fact.


I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful to be able to spend time at home while still maintaining my work obligations, but ultimately what that comes down to is me being half at home, and half at work, answering my children’s questions in umms and ohhhs, not fully paying attention to what’s going on around me. This is particularly apparent at the dinner table each time Mel catches me looking at my lap, my phone below the table like some high school student checking twitter in class.


I always assume that she won’t notice.


But she always notices.


She’s not an idiot.


When I’m at the dinner table on my phone Mel acts like I’m committing a hate crime, and she’s probably right. I have actually had her lean across the table and whisper, “If you don’t put that thing back in your pocket I’m going to rip it out of your hands and throw it in the toilet.” Then she gave me a straight-lipped mom look that shook me to the core.


And I mean honestly, how difficult would it actually be for me to put that sucker in another room for an hour and focus, 100%, on my wife and three children while we share a meal together?


Not that hard.


To complicate the problem my 10-year-old son, Tristan, is starting to pull the same moves. We got him an iPod touch, and he slides that sucker out of his pocket like a derringer in a poker game, hiding it under that table, same as me, checking video game updates.


Like father, like son, I suppose.


Basically, I’m being a bad influence, so when Evite and Common Sense Media reached out to me about their device free dinner challenge, I totally accepted.


Evite in partnership with Common Sense Media wants to encourage loved ones to make the most of family time and in-person conversations through device-free dinners. Sometimes the most memorable moments are shared at the dinner table, they want to strengthen those moments by encouraging everyone to the start the year off right by pledging to go device-free for at least once a week during dinnertime.


If you agree to take the pledge along with me, one lucky winner will receive an OpenTable gift card for a device-free dinner with their family and friends.


It’s a pretty sweet deal, and all of it centered on putting the screens down and actually talking to the ones you love the most. To be honest, I need this sort of encouragement. And I have a feeling you might as well.


For the sake of my marriage, once a week during the month of January we are going to put all our devices, every single one, in our bedrooms, meet at the table for dinner, and live like it’s 1995. We are going to talk about school, and work, and family, and friends, and anything else that might come up. I’m going to give sincere advice to my children, and they are going to roll their eyes like I have 100% no idea what I’m talking about. We will laugh, we will argue about playing with food, we will do whatever a family does when they don’t have screens at the table. I’m pretty excited about it, and I’m urging you to do the same.


Follow the link below to take the pledge along with me. And don’t worry, I’ll be following up on my Facebook page to let you all know how it’s going. Although, I have a strong feeling that we will not only survive, but also be better off for it.

Follow this link to create your own Evite and invite your family and friends to participate in the device free challenge!

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