Screen Free Week 2013


This morning my kids will come downstairs and find that our television has been covered with a large playsilk.  Mama’s laptop will be closed the majority of the day, and the smart phones will be used only as phones not as gaming devices or to access social media.

Coming off of a super busy season of life, where I’ve been relying on the TV more and more for entertainment, the timing of this week is perfect for my household.

In this way our family will observe Screen Free Week:  a time of year to cut back on media consumption and avoid screen time.

This isn’t a yearly tradition we observe just for the kids – it is good for grown ups, too.  As much as I love some aspects of social media, it is good to take a break from time to time.

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Weekend links and Filtering ecourse winner


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Giveaway: ecourse Simplicity Parenting Filtering Module from Bliss Beyond Naptime


Did you enjoy Kathy Stowell‘s guest post yesterday on ways to communicate with your kids using less talking?  I know that I really appreciated her perspective and her advice gave me some good takeaways to apply to my daily life with the kids.

{This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks!}

I’m excited to share some neat news:  Kathy is going to be giving one Simple Kids reader a space in her upcoming Simplicity Parenting Filtering Module ecourse!

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Five Ways to Leave Your Kids Speechless


The following is a guest post from Kathy Stowell of Bliss Beyond Naptime.

My name is Kathy and I married a non-talker.

The man can go for days without saying a word but when he does everyone’s all ears and laps up each and every single, quiet, mono-toned, but potency-packed, syllable.

Over the years his borderline mute ways have shone a light on my latent desire to fill every empty airwave with ongoing commentary, idle questions and ramblings that can sometimes lead us down the rabbit hole of too much information. Especially for little ears that, unfortunately, make up the bulk of my listening audience.

Of all the ways to simplify tossing out the excess in the form of spoken words is often an overlooked way remove excess from our lives.  Since shining a simplicity seeking searchlight on this realm I found a refreshing contrast between wading in an eddy of tranquil silence and floundering against the tide full of chit chat flotsam and jetsam.

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Building a bird feeder and more Earth Day activities from PBS Kids


Please note we were given a screener of Curious George Swings into Spring to review and some of the materials for the Earth Day crafts from PBS Kids.  I was not paid for this post and all opinions expressed are my own.  Thanks!

To celebrate Earth Day, which is today, April 22, PBS Kids is premiering Curious George Swings into Spring.  You can watch a preview here on the PBS Kids YouTube channel.  We were given a screener to review in advance and my kids loved it.  Check your local listings for air times.

PBS Kids also has some fun activities to go along with the special and help put you and your kids in an Earth Day frame of mind.  At our house we’ve been crafting up a week long celebration of Earth Day fun, starting this bird house we made yesterday using chopsticks and a 2 liter bottle we snagged from the recycling bin.

This was an easy craft to do, with a bit of adult supervision and help, and the kids have been eagerly stalking the window hoping to catch sight of our first feathered visitors.

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