It isn't always easy to put down our gadgets and pay attention to what's right in front of us. Actress Melissa Joan Hart struggles with the whole disconnect-to-reconnect thing, too, and she's vowed to do something about it. Her New Year's resolution is to be on her phone less and concentrate on her kids.
“[Brady] will be talking to me and he’s like, ‘Mommy, put the phone down. Look at me, talk to me,’” Hart said while co-hosting "Anderson Live" on Thursday.
Hart is the mother of three boys, Mason Walter, almost 7; Brady Hart, 4; and Tucker McFadden, 3 months.
Here at HuffPost Parents, we're big fans of putting our digital devices in their place. Last summer, Executive Lifestyle Editor Lori Leibovich went on a "digital diet" where she ditched her iPhone (except to take pictures) during a vacation with her family. "[It] felt exhilarating to use my hands for digging tunnels in the sand and turning the pages of a novel instead of just for tapping away on a screen. For the first time in I don't know how long, I was really seeing my kids. And they were relishing being seen," Leibovich wrote. And though a life without technology isn't realistic, Leibovich reminds us that "gadgets have an 'off' button and that we need to remember to use it."