If, like me, you are incapable of not breaking your phone, then you need to read on my friends. I have broken no less than three phones in the last year. THREE! My inability to have a piece of tech for longer than a week without an issue is becoming the unfunniest running joke in my house. Of course my husband thinks it’s hilarious. After I dropped the second phone in four months down the loo recently, I started thinking about little rules I could create for myself to stop this from ever happening again.
I had genuinely started thinking I was cursed and or on a par with most reality TV “stars” in the stooopid department. Turns out many of the parents I know have broken their phones in weird and wonderful ways. So, I thought I’d bring you a little list of all the things you should not do if you want your phone to last the duration of it’s contract. I’ve had a bit of help from my blogging friends, and have linked back to their blogs with their comments. Do check them out if you’re in need of reading material, they’re a marvellous bunch.
Here are my top three rules, which I’ll be living by, come hook or by crook!
- Never take it to the toilet.
- Never keep it in your back pocket.
- Never let your kids look at it, let alone touch the thing!
Stop breaking your phone with these top tips (in no particular order)
Amy from Amy Treasure Blog sagely warns “do not keep it in your bra.”
Donna from What the Redhead Saidadvises “not to put it in the front pocket of your dungarees if you might need the toilet. I have dropped mine so many times like that as I always forget it’s there.” (feeling your pain, Donna!)
Victoria of VeViVo’s says “don’t put it on the edge of the bath, unless you are willing for it to go for a swim.”
Kate, the Gluten Free Alchemist says “never get it out whilst carrying two bags and walking down stairs, unless you want a smashed screen and destroyed touch passcode connector! Also, in the eventuality of submerging in water, ALWAYS put it in a tub of rice and ALWAYS remember not to cook the rice afterwards!” (Yikkkkes!)
Mel from Le Coin de Mel says “don’t put it in the front pocket of your hoodie.”
Chrissie from The Muddled Manuscript says “never try to protect it by putting it in your hoody pocket then leaning over to bathe your children…”
Emma from Writing Life As It Is simply advises to “never leave it behind!”
Mandi from Big Family Organised Chaos warns to “never stand up with headphones attached to your phone and then stare as the phone smashes to the floor!”
Lisa from That British Betty says “don’t use it as a music device when cooking – it *may* end up in the boiling pan of rice!”
Sara from Mum Turned Mom specifies “don’t jump up and down on the ‘shaky bridge’ in Cork!”
Hayley from Miss Many Pennies says “never put it loose in your bag and forget to zip it up.”
Becky from Mommy and Rory says “never leave it where you friends Labrador can reach it!”
Natalie from Plutonium Sox says to “buy a case before the phone arrives. I had three days without a case between getting the phone and getting the case. Smashed the back of it on day two!”
Jodie at Maidenhead Mum says “never leave it on the bed as you’re changing the duvet cover as it might get mixed up with it and end up in the washing machine. On a 1600 spin cycle. And you might not realise for 40 mins! R.I.P iPhone!”
Leigh from Dad Geek has some great advice. “Modern batteries operate best if you DON’T let them run out completely. Keep your phone charged at 15% upwards and it helps to increase how long you’ll get the most battery life out of your phone.”
Rebecca from My Girls and Me says “buy glass screen protectors, because they’ll break before your actual screen does!”
Nita from Mummy Wishes warns “to not use a selfie stick! It either pops out eventually or gets knocked by someone/something.”
Emma-Louise from Even Angels Fall warns to “never put it in your mouth whilst using a public toilet, for safe keeping, only for it to then fall in… on second thoughts, just don’t put it in your mouth full stop.”
Kelly-Anne from Mimi Rose and Me says to “never throw your phone at a wall because you think you have a spider on you, it will most likely be a loose strand of your own hair!”
If you have anything to add, tweet me @mummytries
Wishing you the best of luck with getting to the end of your contract, without breaking your phone!