The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.
We are half of the way through Screen Free Week (formerly known as TV Turn Off week). So, it is time for a mid-week check in to see how things are going for everyone.
Did you decide to go completely screen free? (If so, I bet you aren’t even reading this)
Are you TV free and limiting other screens? That is what we’re doing: we have switched off the television for the week and are limiting other screens like the computer and cell phones for adults, and the kids are completely screen free.
My kids don’t actually spend much time on the later two normally, but my husband and I both admittedly needed a “diet” from the computer and phone screens.
I had been setting a timer for myself and limiting the amount of time I spend working on blogging tasks and on the computer. I have been pleased to see just how much I can get done when a) I know I have a time limit and specific tasks to focus on and b) when I don’t browse Facebook or wander from site to site. A screen diet has been good for me.
The kids are doing very well with no TV. I will admit that they still ask for a certain show every day, but this is my fault as I am the one who had gotten into the habit lately of the 5pm “Hey, why don’t you guys watch Wild Kratts while mommy makes dinner?” routine.
However, when I remind them that we’re keeping the television set off this week, there haven’t been any arguments and they move on pretty easily to something else.
Ideas for Battling the Mid-Week Slump
By now, hopefully your families are used to idea of no TV, but just in case you’ve still got your work cut out for you, here are some ideas and resources to help you make it through the rest of the week TV free.
Consider covering up the TV, or even moving it to another part of the house (can it live in the garage until the end of the week?) We covered up our set with a tablecloth.
Set up some playscapes for your younger children to inspire play. Create a scene with their dolls or blocks or other toys before you go to bed so that they have something to catch their interest and inspire creative play the next morning (a time when many parents turn on the television).
Get outside. Take a walk, play in the backyard, go to the park, or take a bike ride. Remove yourselves from the temptation of the television by going somewhere else.
If the weather won’t cooperate with outdoor play (and I’ll admit that right now our midwestern forecast leaves a little to be desired) consider visiting the library, children’s museum, or that kid-friendly cafe you’ve been wanting to try.
Take a trip to the art supply store and pick out materials for a family art project that you can work on the rest of the week together. Or, recycle some items from around the house and create some free and eco-friendly art as a family.
You can find my original list of 20 Ideas for Screen Free Week here, if you need some more inspiration.
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You are half way there friends, and turning off of the TV is such a good thing for your family. I’m proud of you!