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.
In the meantime, I thought you might find a bit of screen free inspiration from the Simple Kids archives helpful (though the irony of blog posts about screen free time is not lost on me, ha ha!)
- 20 Ideas to Help You Stay Unplugged
- Our Experience with TV Free Week: What I Learned About My Kids and Myself
- Five Lessons from a TV Free Household
- Unplugged Play! No batteries required
My challenge to you is to try to avoid screens this week. And, remember, this is a guilt-free blog, so don’t feel badly if Screen Free Week isn’t a good fit for you right now or if you try and don’t make it through the whole week. For some households this will be more of a challenge than for others.
I think the point of this week is about being more mindful of the screen time and making an effort to avoid the commercialism directed toward our kids through TV shows and ads. If the take away for you is simply to be more aware of what screen time your family has, I think that is a pretty good thing.
I have some posts pre-loaded and ready to go for the week but I do plan to hop online only once a day, ideally before any of the children are awake, to get some work related projects finished and to answer emails. If you need to get a hold of me this week, I ask for a little bit of patience (okay, more patience than usual).
Here’s to a week of less screen time and more family time!