When was the last time you wore a watch? For most people, watches are a thing of the past. They feel as though there’s nothing that even the best watch can do that a smartphone can’t. Yes, a smartphone can quickly tell time, but there are many ways in which a watch is superior.
For moms, who always have a million things to do and only so many hours in the day, a watch is a forgotten tool that can make all the difference. Here are six reasons why moms should still wear watches.
Better Sense of Time
Wearing a watch is like having the time glued to your hand. While most people also have their phone glued to their hand, the phone comes with numerous distractions in addition to telling the time. How many times have you picked up your phone to look at the time and ended up down the rabbit hole on Pinterest, finding awesome recipes to try but completely forgetting your original purpose? Instead, look at a watch buying guide and click the “add to cart” button next time.
Having a watch will encourage you to check the time more often without the distractions. This will translate to better time management skills and fewer incidents of getting delayed when trying to get your kids out the door.
When You Can’t Access Your Phone
It’s not always possible to access your phone. Out of politeness, most people try to avoid pulling out their phone during an important meeting or conversation. Wearing a watch gives you a discreet (or not-so-discreet) way to check the time and get out of a conversation with a well-meaning neighbor or old friend at the grocery store.
For working mothers who have to balance family responsibilities with their career, a watch can be a lifesaver during a meeting. It can help you stay on track and politely excuse yourself if you have to pick your kids up from school. You maintain professionalism by not glancing at your phone every few minutes and stay present in the moment at work.
Being More Engaged
Sometimes parents do the things they get mad at their children for. There’s no such thing as a perfect mother, but there are ways to be a little better. Leaving your phone in another room during the day while wearing a watch allows you to check the time without being distracted by social media and text messages. This allows you to be more present when your child is talking to you or when you have things that need to get done (which is always).
Not having your phone on you all the time will reduce interruptions as you go about your day. Of course, when you have children, you get used to constant interruptions, particularly around the time you finally sit down to relax.
Less Dependant on Technology
Who needs a watch when you can set an alarm on your phone to remind you of things? As a part of having a better sense of time and being more engaged, you’ll be less dependent on technology. This will improve your cognitive function and help offset what’s commonly referred to as “mom brain.”
This exercise is also known as modeling to your children. As you break the bond between you and your technology, it will show your children that sometimes getting back to basics is better.
You Deserve Nice Things
Sure, watches are functional, but they’re also great fashion accessories. They’re a traditional gift and a worthy investment. Luxury watches, in particular, hold their value over the years and can stand up to the wear and tear of military actions, deep sea diving, and parenting toddlers. It’s a nice reminder that you can, in fact, have nice things. On those days when it’s hard to get everything together, and you find yourself still in PJs in the middle of the afternoon, a nice watch can be a bright spot.
A wristwatch makes a fabulous accessory for date nights and weddings. Many women prefer to wear a watch rather than a bracelet, some opting for a vintage men’s watch for a bold statement piece that provides coverage.
Heirloom Pieces and Resale Value
Not only do you deserve nice things, you deserve nice things that stay that way. A high-quality or luxury watch is a significant investment that holds its value over time. Most designer watches can be sold decades later for a significant portion of the original purchase price and sometimes even more. If you opt not to sell them, they act as a sentimental heirloom piece that you can pass down to your children.
High-quality watches are near indestructible. Opt for a piece that has a scratch-resistant crystal and Swiss movements rather than a battery. The best thing you can do to maintain these watches is to wear them and keep them wound. Just remember to remove it before bath time, yours or your kids’.
There are a lot of tools and resources that can make motherhood a little easier. When putting your parenting toolbox together, don’t forget to go back to basics and add a watch.