I thought I might make a challenge for myself. I want to see if I can keep the kids screen-free for an entire week. I’d really like to see if I can do it without them even noticing.
If I expect them to be screen-free, then I can’t let them catch me on my phone. I will still have it with me in case I get a phone call or if I need to take a picture, but I certainly can’t be checking my email.
We usually watch TV in the morning after breakfast, so that’s the main time I need to fill. Usually if we don’t watch a princess movie to start our day, the Little Miss suggests we watch one in the afternoon, but we don’t do that often, so it will be easy to avoid.
In theory, this challenge will be really easy. But to be honest, I think it will be much easier on the kids than it will be on me. Their screen time is my down time. I’m on my phone reading blog posts or FB or writing…you get the idea. So if I do this, I will have to find a different time for all of my blogging extra-curriculars.
Activities we can do to keep
my our minds off of the latest favorite Disney movie (Sleeping Beauty, btw):
*Crafts-I’m really excited about this one! The kids love getting crafty. At least the girl does.
My boy does too, he just doesn’t know it yet. He’s still in the “I wonder how this tastes?” phase.
Nevertheless, we are going to get our creative juices flowing. With the set-up, the craft itself, and the clean-up, I figure it will take up a good hour of the day (Ha! I really hope its more, though!)
*Quality time with nature-The weather in Seattle is never a guarantee, but if it’s cold, we’ll play in the car (the Little Guy’s favorite new game).
If it’s nice, they can play on their slides or in the sandbox. We’ll also go to the park. We have so many in the area that we have yet to discover!
* Story time at the library-My oldest adores story time! She is a book fiend! And of course throw in some singing and bubbles, she’s all in. But my son just wants to explore. He doesn’t know what it means to sit still…yet.
*Independent play-My kids have a ton of toys and there’s usually some point in the day where I can just sit back and let them play. I love it! They usually play together for a bit, then go their separate ways. What I don’t love is when it comes screeching to a halt because they start pushing, shoving, or yelling at each other, (or yelling at me fighting for my attention).
*Help mama cook-I already know my daughter is a big fan, now I just need to get the little guy on board. If nothing else, I’ll drag his high chair into the kitchen and throw a bunch of flour and rice on there for him to explore while the girl and I get down to business.
*Dance Party!-My daughter and I used to have these all the time. I’m not sure why we stopped, but its high time we brought them back. We need to get my son in on the action and get active!
*Help with chores-Since I will be playing catch-up with blogging stuff during their nap time, I will most certainly have some things that need to be done around the house when they wake up.
They will have a choice. They can either help me, or they can have some more independent play. Either way, this is when the dishes will get washed and the laundry will be folded.
At this point of the day, I will likely be starting to struggle. I’ll want to reach for that remote. We’ll just have to head back outside, or we can go to Z’s favorite store, the Dollar Store (Ugh! At least it’s cheap!).
I realize I’m making it sound like we watch a ton of TV. It’s all relative. It may be a lot for households that have a strict “3 hours per week” rule, but there are plenty of people that have TV on 24/7. I allow my kids to choose one movie per day.
Before I begin this challenge, I will have to be sure everyone in the family is in the loop. My husband thinks it’s a fantastic idea, but he has little hope for its success (so supportive! Haha!!). He said he thinks I’m more likely to win my $1000 than I am to accomplish this challenge. Now I just have to get the grandparents on board. The kids LOVE my parents’ iPhone 6’s and when they come around, both kids are pawing at their pockets. My folks will just have to hide them somehow…
So, from May 18-24th, we will be screen-free. Who’s with me? Sounds like fun, right?
What awesome activities does your family like to do that doesn’t involve a screen? I’m open to ideas, I’m so afraid its going to be a long week! Wish me luck!
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