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Our wifi was running really slow. I opened up the app from our internet provider at the house and it showed 17 devices currently linked to the wifi. It showed a bar at the top “Excessive wifi usage warning.” Hmm, that sounds bad! I scrolled down the list, wow, do we really have that many devices pulling from the wifi? Our thermostat, our TV, our computers, my work laptop, the kids’ tablets, our cell phones…the list went on! Two things were apparent to me – we really rely on technology nowadays to even run a home and two, we are sucked into our devices way too much!
This is one of the key reasons families are feeling more disconnected from their relationships more than ever. Families are together but separate. We may all be in the family room together, but how many of us are sitting on a device and disconnected from one another. Are we talking as often? Are we actually listening to each other? Are we distracted and have a short attention span to get back to our video game or Facebook story? Are we laughing as often? Are we able to respond to a crisis quickly in the family because we intimately know what each other needs?
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When I was a kid, our family would go to Sanibel Island, Florida, on spring break. It was so exciting to jump on a plane from cold Chicago and arrive in the heat and palm trees of the Gulf coast. Shorts and bathing suits were the new attire. I remember walking the beach and finding seashells, they were the best treasure! For one week on spring break, we got to recharge and spend some great time together.
So, now as parents of 2 kids, we book a trip as often as we can over spring break too. It helps to break up the stretch from winter break to summer vacation! Do you have a trip planned over spring break? Maybe an overnight stay locally or some day trips planned. Are you driving somewhere or flying to get to a different climate? Some spring break trips for families are to the mountains or to the ocean. Are you visiting loved ones? Is the trip about relaxing or is the agenda full of exciting adventures?
Vacation….vacation…vacation. I love the sound of that word! I actually love it even more now that I have started thinking about it as an opportunity to do chemistry. Wait…what?
Well, it’s not exactly chemistry, but vacation reminds me of chemistry because vacation can be a catalyst. I remember hearing the word catalyst for the first time when I was in high school chemistry. It was such a cool concept to me. This one substance, the catalyst, was about to speed up the entire chemical reaction. Essentially it was causing a change at a much quicker rate. It seemed so powerful…and IT IS!