Have you ever heard yourself lamenting about too much screen time in your family – even as it continues to hold you and your children captive?
Well – this might help. Today starts the beginning of 2019 National Screen-Free Week, April 29th – May 5th. What an opportunity to take a break and capture some real interaction and connection in your family life.
I know – you might be imaging whining and complaining and nagging and tantrums – but think of what can replace this computer time and you might be quite surprised.
You might be surprised because actually research has shown that our kids really do like it, even crave it, when parents actually spend personal time with them.
And this is a perfect time of year, with daylight lingering longer – good for getting out in the yard, raking and preparing garden beds – everyone pitching in. If the bikes are still in the garage since Fall, perfect time to get them out and clean them up for an after dinner ride.
Walks in the neighborhood or down along the river (rain or shine), look for treasures (an interesting stone, a stick, a puddle to play in), count the robins that you see, stop for a root beer float or ice cream cone, go to the garden center and choose some plants for the garden, play Tag (get your heart rate up while having a lot of fun).
Take a trip to the Library after dinner and each choose a book to read for the week. Have board game night (if you already do – Kudos!) Get every member to hand write a letter to someone (put a smile on that person’s face), make a campfire and roast some marshmallows, explore a new playground, color together, play a game of pantomime and laugh hysterically.
You get the drift – keeping things simple- keeping things shared.
I know – but what about homework – our children need to use their screens – but cutting out the extra personal online time will still make a difference.
(Wow – though, wouldn’t it be great if the schools would join in on screen-free week and do some learning the old-fashioned way?)
Don’t be too quick to dismiss this – take a chance, trust yourselves, trust your children, accept the challenge.
Make it simple, make it fun, make a difference in your family life.