I decided to do something radical on my last family vacation. I did not post anything on social media. That is not to say we did not take a bunch of pictures and of course I bought a selfie-stick, but instead of sharing our vacation with the world, we just shared our photos with each other. I wanted to spend time building memories with my kids and not wondering who was going to like my photos, retweet them, or repost on Instagram.
Instead of staring at our phones, we spent our time touring museums, seeing Broadway shows, and learning out how to navigate the New York subway system. It is times like this when dads can become heroes. It takes a lot of confidence and preparation to lead a couple of suburban kids through the five boroughs of a fast paced city like New York. But, I never let them see me sweat. By the end of our trip, my daughter was riding the subway like a local and even guided us to meet a friend who just happened to be in New York at the same time.
During this family vacation from social media, I learned four valuable lessons:
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