One concept we’ve been working really hard to uphold in our home is the concept of togetherness. Between our different work schedules, school, soccer, karate, side-hustles, and a million other commitments, we don’t have a whole lot of extra time to waste. When we do find ourselves with a chunk of free time, whether it’s 30 minutes or a whole weekend, we try to take advantage of it and spend time together.

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NOT watching TV and not talking.

NOT reading or playing on our phones while our son is in the other room.

But being truly engaged and together.

Let me be clear - we’re not perfect. I for one spend a lot of time reading or working on passion projects and don’t always stop to smell the roses (or build the lego tower). But I know that when I take the time to play, talk, and engage with my kid we’re both WAY happier.

According to a 2018 Nielsen Company audience report, the average person in the United States spends approximately 10 hours and 39 minutes each day using smartphones, computers, video games, radios, tablets and TVs. YOWZA! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of technology. It helps me streamline a lot of things so that I have more free time. But what I do with that free time is precious!

My challenge, and I hope you’ll join me, is to use this month of Seeing 20:20 by 2020 to focus on togetherness. On being present and in the moment at home, work, with family and friends, and anywhere else we have relationships.

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