Last week I challenged myself to keep the kids screen-free for one week. It was a really fun, (almost) successful week! We had a minor set-back on Wednesday when my youngest was having a fit at the park. If we were at home, I would have let him get through it, but as it was, we were in public and I was struggling to change him into dry clothes. He was flipping
his shit out because I was taking him away from the volcano fountains. (I’m such a jerk!) He got 2-3 minutes of phone time so I could get him dry and warm. And to even things out, my well-behaved, sweet girl got a little bit of time too.
* My son is way more into TV than my daughter is. This surprised me a lot! After his nap on the first day, he went straight to the TV and turned it on. Every time anyone (but me) held him, he would paw at their chest desperately looking for their phone (when he paws at my chest, it’s for something else entirely). It was adorable.
*My oldest made it through two days before finally asking if we could watch something. She handled the reality of no princess movie rather well. She asked “why?” a lot, but that’s what she does about everything.
*I can entertain my kids! Ok, maybe we went to a different store every day, but we kept busy and had fun.
*I get a lot more done during their screen time than I realized. I knew their movie time was my time to fulfill my “blogger duties”, but I thought I would have plenty of time during naps. Turns out I was struggling all week to keep up.
*By the end of the week, both kids were jonesin’. My husband and I took the kids to Costco on Friday. The huge section of giant screen TV’s is kind of hard to avoid. Both kids followed the screens together with their heads as we passed, looking longingly at the various movies.
*We didn’t make it a full 7 days. The reason I considered the week a success, even though we didn’t make it to the end, is because this was a challenge for myself during the week while I was home alone with them. I wanted to see if I could do it. And I did! There were a few tough moments, but I was able to keep the kids entertained.
Look! They even came up with a new game!
So I’ll say it was successful, but not a complete success. Who gave in, you ask? On Saturday while I was taking a (second) nap, nursing a migraine, my husband found himself at the end of his rope. Both kids were in rare form and he was willing to do anything. I’m just happy he was the one that caved and not me.
I’m glad I did this experiment. It was interesting to see how the kids handled it. I was really proud of Z because I really thought I would get a few visits from the beloved threenager. But surprisingly, my girl’s dark side didn’t show up once.
How was your week? Have you ever tried a no-screen challenge?