No screens for all the family
If you know me at all you will know that I am pretty addicted to my screens – either my MacBook Air or my Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone, they are both switched on pretty much permanently and if I run out of battery on one of them I feel at an absolute loss. And I’m not the only one in our house, Hubs is an IT geek, so screens are his babies. Then L, our 7 year old, loves the TV and would watch it all day if we let her.
A few months ago on Twitter Karen from Let Kids be Kids challenged me to a screen free day, along with many other bloggers, on Sunday 19th January. The idea being that neither the kids, nor the adults, could use any screens for the day.
I thought to myself “this will be a doodle”, it’s only one day, and it’s a Sunday, no problem.
We drew up a list of all the non-screen things we would do.
Here are the fun things on our list:
- Play Twister
- Play the Gingerbread man boardgame
- Go to the park and play with the stomp rocket
- Play draughts
- Play Happy Families card game
- Play Junior Monopoly
- Play the Peppa Pig boardgame
- Do some explosive experiments
- Plan the animal bingo game
- Do some spiral art
- Play the Where’s Moshi game
- Play Jenga
Note how many times the word “Play” appears in this list? Obviously a key piece of the childhood puzzle.
So how did our no screen day pan out?
We played Jenga.
Then we attempted to play the Where’s Moshi game (essentially Guess Who but not as good – in my opinion), with a toddling baby trying to join in.
Then it was time to go old school, and to play draughts. I hadn’t played this since I was a child, and I absolutely loved playing this with L 🙂
Fortunately it was a lovely, sunny day (but very cold, as it was January after all), so we decided to take L’s Christmas present – a stomp rocket, to the park. L had fun jumping on it….
…while C had fun scooting around on her toddler version of the Micro Scooter.
Once we were back home we warmed ourselves up with a hot chocolate, and settled down for a game of Junior Monopoly.
After finishing Monopoly we played the French version of the Happy Families card game “Jeu des 7 familles”, then it was time to put the kids to bed.
The hardest then was not to collapse in front of the TV, or to fire up my phone or computer. Instead my evening was spent chatting to Hubs and reading my book.
So what did I learn from this Screen Free day?
I learnt that spending time with my children without screens was an enormous amount of fun. But it was also very tiring. I get a lot done when I can just plonk L down in front of a film while C is napping, by taking away her screen time too I had to be more present.
It was a really lovely day, and I loved playing the games, especially the old school ones. But it’s not something I could handle doing every day, or even every week. However it did make me aware of how much screens are used in our house, so we have made a conscious effort to reduce screen time. I could also see myself having a no screen day one Sunday a month…..maybe.
What about you? Have you ever tried this? Do you think you could manage it? What would be the hardest for you?
I’m linking this post up to The Oliver’s Madhouse and the Magic Moments linky, as our day spent together was full of magic moments. For other Magic Moments, click on the linky below and enjoy 🙂