Manner Monday®: Merry Christmas!

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by Carey Sue Vega in Family, Manner Monday

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!


As you get ready to spend time with family and friends this Christmas, we know deep down that the best present we can give them is the gift of our presence. I know it sounds cliché, but think about it… we all know it’s true (speaking to myself here). When is the last time you had a really good conversation with someone – without the interruption of a ping taking your attention away to something else?

Yes, I love my technology and I am thankful for it on a daily basis as it gives me the flexibility to be anentrepreneur, wife, and mom.   Working with youth, I’m seeing first hand the social skills hardships that technology is creating for our kiddos. With the ability to “hide” behind our technology, more and more young adults are experiencing anxiety over attending social functions and interacting face-to-face.  When teaching teens polite conversation skills and how to successfully start and maintain a comfortable conversation with someone new, I find myself stressing the importance of how truly successful people will be those who can TALK and be SOCIAL with other people.

So during this busy and stressful Holiday season, I bet you can agree, that no matter how much money you spend:

  • Your Significant Other wants your Presence
  • Your Child(ren) want your Presence
  • Your family members want your Presence
  • Your friends want your Presence

As much as we all think we HAVE to check our email, we HAVE to check our social media accounts… do we really (again – speaking to myself here!)? If you’re ‘addicted’ to checking your phone, then you may need to leave it in your car. Will the world stop if we turn the technology off for a few hours at a time and focus on good old-fashioned face-time? We know the answer. And yes, our work will still be waiting for us after the break, but we can dig into it then.

Don’t miss another family get-together because you’re lost in your phone. It can wait.

Your family wants uninterrupted time with you – the best present money can buy!

…I don’t know about you, but I look forward to unplugging a bit and having some good old-fashioned family face time!!!

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Thanks for reading!
Carey Sue

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