Drop Your Digital Device Here Free Printable + Disconnect to Reconnect GIVEAWAY

+ This post brought to you by  the JM Smucker’s Co. & The Power of Family Meals, Disconnect to Reconnect + I remember years ago, when the world was just opening up to our new mobile technology. Everyone was so excited to have the ability to connect ANYWHERE. It was revolutionary. I could not wait until I could get my first cell phone. It was a brick, but I carried it proudly and LOVED being able to contact anyone, at anytime and in any place.  Then the technology continued to evolve and soon we could text, and then the birth of the smartphone happened. We could access the internet, our email ANYWHERE! It was brilliant.

Then I remember hearing a news story where the experts were saying that because of this new technology, we as humans will forget how to connect on a personal, face to face way.  They said that we as a society would become more and more isolated because of this technology.  We would forget how to make eye contact, we would forget how to make small talk, we would get sucked more and more into our devices and then society would face a human crisis.  My first thought was poppycock!   We as humans would never lose our personal connections.

And then as of late, I started observing… I saw people out at restaurants sitting together, not communicating, all of them with their eye glued to the screen of their smartphone. NO INTERACTION AT ALL!  It made my heart hurt.  Then it started to see it creep into my own family…

We would sit down to meals and my husband and I would be glued to the email inbox on our iPhones, or checking out the latest and greatest Youtube video.  As our kiddos got older, they too started to get their own devices, and meal time became a place to sit at the table, eat food and stare at our devices. Minimal talking, and the poor younger kiddos without devices were ignored and bored.  It actually shames me to have to say that, I’m embarrassed!

Once I woke-up and realized what was happening, I quickly took matters into my own hands and gently asked the family if we could make a change. At first, I met some resistance… what would we talk about? Ahhh Mom, really? But Honey, I have to stay connected to work. Does this sound familiar?

It took a little time, but we have successfully transitioned to device free meal times! No television, no iPhones, no iPads… just us,  and we LOVE it! Our family has taken the pledge at The Power of Family Meals® to EAT SCREEN FREE this Sunday!  You can take the pledge as well and join us. To help, I’ve created this free printable to help the family reconnect…

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This is a simple printable that you can print, fold in half and place on a tray or basket to encourage your family to drop their digital devices on the tray, away from the table and then join the family for a screen free meal!

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You can download the “Drop your Digital Device Here” by clicking this link

I plan on using this simple sign during our family meals and even when we entertain with family and friends. Hopefully it will encourage even more to take a few minutes to unplug and connect with what really matters.

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Breakfast for Dinner GIVEAWAY

The J.M. Smucker’s Co. has graciously donated a Breakfast for Dinner prize pack valued at $125 for one of you who decides to take the pledge!

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It’s packed full of all kinds of goodies that will get your screen free dinner of to a good start.

The Breakfast for Dinner giveaway includes:

  • Presto Jumbo Cool Touch electric griddle (1)
  • 7-piece kitchen utensil set with stand (1)
  • Family Talk conversation game (1)
  • Smucker’s Strawberry Natural Squeeze jam (1)
  • JIF Creamy Peanut Butter (1)
  • JIF Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (1)
  • Folger’s Classic Roast (1)
  • Hungry Jack Breakfast Syrup (1)
  • Hungry Jack Complete Pancake and Waffle Mix (2)
  • Martha White Banana Nut Muffin Mix (2)
  • Crisco No-Stick Cooking Spray (1)
  • Martha White All-Purpose Flour (1)

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Comments

  1. Heather says

    We already do this! I started this when we got married and have continued on as our family has grown. It’s important for them to talk and keep talking! No TV, phones, or electronics during the dinner hour!

  2. Dawn Monroe says

    Dinner time is when everyones home and you can talk about their day which can bring up the oppertunity to discuss more important things.

  3. Madison Herman says

    It is so important for my Husband and I to be device free at dinner as we work opposite schedules. Meal time is a time for us to share our day and have quality time. Thanks for supporting this cause and WE LOVE BREAKFAST so this would be awesome to win!

  4. Emily Hayes says

    Sundays we usually eat with extended family and it’s so easy to feel like even though we see them we never know what is going on. Making sure nobody has screens is a great idea.

  5. D Schmidt says

    I took the pledge, I feel its so important to relate to your children and make them feel valuable in your day.

  6. David says

    I took the pledge for my wife and I. It isn’t just important to ditch the phone at the dinner table, but also whenever you are with someone else. How inconsiderate to be at the mall with one person and texting with another.

  7. Sherrie C. says

    It’s important to my family because we all live busy lives and sitting down to have a meal together is one of the few moments we have during the week to sit and talk about each others day ect…much more important than playing around on a cell phone, computer, ect..

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  8. Rebecca Brewer says

    I have 3 little ones that already show signs of being too attached to a screen. I can only imagine what it will be like as they get older. I’d like to make sure some rules are in place now.

  9. Abigail says

    We’ve started this as well – no phones or TV on during dinner. Its really the only time we all sit down together so it’s important that we use it to talk to each other!

  10. Natalie F says

    Meal time is an easy time for our entire family to STOP, sit, and connect. No distractions or electronics. And Sundays are a good way for us to focus on other things.

  11. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    I Took The Pledge, It’s Important To Keep Communication Open With My Family, Stay Connected And Make Memories

  12. christine jessamine says

    family is the most important thing we have. It is important to spend quality time together without electronics detaching us.

  13. christine+jessamine says

    to me family is the most important thing we have. It is good for us to spend quality time without electronics detaching us.

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