DaddyTeller: Unplug Dad. Be a better father.

Great article and a great find over this blog. In an article at, they discuss the need to “unplug” sometimes. I wrote this in their comments section:

It’s been time for parents (especially dads) to unplug for some time. It’s amazing what a difference 15 minutes a day of focused attention can make in the lives of our children.

Unplugging is not only from electronics. We’ve become dependent on things to make us better parents. Toys, storybooks, parenting videos, baby training stuff and more have been adopted by parents, replacing the chance to develop our innate parenting skills.

For some time, I have been encouraging Dads especially to disconnect a bit, learn a new to tell from their hearts and mind and truly engage their children. If you want you kid to talk to you at 13, you need to start telling them stories at 3.

As well, we need to teach our children to disconnect. There is great value in our technology but more and more, as I work with teens, they can’t disconnect from their electronic pacifiers. For a while it was .mp3 players, now it’s telephones.

Three cheers for unplugging adults! Put down the phone, the blackberry and the story book. Look your kids in the eye, reach out and touch them and tell them your stories.

They’ll answer back.

About Sean Buvala

Sean Buvala has been a professional storyteller since 1986. He's the father of four great young-adult kids. His work in storytelling spans groups from parenting to corporate communications. He's the publisher and chief janitor at The Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing Group in Tolleson, Arizona.
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2 Responses to DaddyTeller: Unplug Dad. Be a better father.

  1. Jack says:

    I try very hard to do this periodically. My kids have become far too accustomed to seeing me on the computer or BB. Sometimes I turn it off and find little shocked, but smiling faces looking back at me.

  2. admin says:

    Jack- you are so right. Most of my kids are older (teens and young adult) but they still value the time I actually engage in real conversation. BTW, I like your blog on your site. Thanks for coming by.

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