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Glennon Doyle is a very smart mama.

She understands the value of real attention, not the kind where you’re on your phone and sort of listening to your friends. So at her house, there’s a very strict policy: She and her wife hold on to ALL the phones when their kids have people over.

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I love my kids’ friends so much that I want them to talk to each other at our house. So Abby and I have them check their phones at the door. Which we can do cause we’re the bosses of this house. They all act exasperated but seem interestingly relieved. Then, after a minute, they look at each other. And talk. And dance and laugh and stuff. And they remember that they are with their friends so there is no need to be anywhere else.

It’s a pretty simple policy to implement. Phones in the basket please.

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I love my kids’ friends so much that I want them to talk to each other at our house. So Abby and I have them check their phones at the door. Which we can do cause we’re the bosses of this house. They all act exasperated but seem interestingly relieved. Then, after a minute, they look at each other. And talk. And dance and laugh and stuff. And they remember that they are with their friends so there is no need to be anywhere else.

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With studies coming out showing smartphone usage hurting teens emotional health, ideas like Doyle’s are more important than ever.

Because being tethered to a device sucks.

But enjoying the sun and soaking up that vitamin D? Yeah, let’s get more of that please.

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Church on the Gulf today. I almost crashed into a dock today- and Abby kept her cool the entire time. “Reverse, sweetheart. REVERSE SWEETHEART NOW HONEY SUPER IMPORTANT TO REVERSE RIGHT NOW BABE.” Before you decide who to marry: please almost run into a dock with them watching. Trust me. Much will be revealed. Swipe left for another Abby/ Honey Nap!

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Or singing songs…

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“Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.” – Rumi That’s what you are, babe. The soul of every place. @abbywambach #SidelineSoul #wolfpack

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Or crushing birthdays…

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Y’all I did it! I Crushed level 42!!!! Slayed some dragons, discovered some new superpowers, died a few times and then brought myself back to life and played on. I Didn’t give up, so I LEVELED UP! Herrreeeee we go, level 43!!!! And @craigmelton14 , @abbywambach and Fabi- thank you for all you do to keep our pack warm and together and loved. I know It ain’t easy, but It is beautiful. And we’re far from the shallow now. (Swipe left for some Wambach Gaga. ) PS. We missed you @fabi.vlima !!! PPS. I read every single one of your birthday messages today. Every one. I will never ever take your love for granted. Thank you, thank you. #level43 #wolfpack #lovewarrior

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Or dancing with your favorite gal…

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Grateful to all the warriors who came before me and forged a world in which I can stand in front of crowds and dance with my wife, hold her hand, and love her out loud. ▫️ Freedom is not a gift to keep, it’s a baton to pass. We have not earned our freedom: we have inherited it. The best use of our freedom is to fight for those not yet free. ▫️ When women say to me: I do not need feminism- I have never felt oppressed! I say: why do you think that might be? Why do you suppose that you enjoy the right to say…. vote? Because of the feminism you do not need. ▫️ To the parents of the revolution: thank you . To the children of the revolution: we’ve got the baton- we will keep running and pass It to you further on down the road of freedom and justice for all. ▫️ I love you. Fight and dance for your freedom today. Don’t forget to hold hands and keep your coffee close.

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So put those devices down and spend some quality time with those you love.

The phones can wait until we need them. In fact, that’s what they do best.