1. I believe that children should play outside as much as possible. Not the most popular idea in the world of on-line games that you can play with kids you've never met face to face. Or with social media that allows school friends to talk without talking!?! Also not so popular since you can get your exercise by playing your wii (nothing against those guys, just an observation) rather than being
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3. I believe in conversations at the dinner table. We don't eat together every night but whether there are adults at the table or not, there are no phones, dsi's, leapsters, readers or laptops allowed.
4. I believe in creativity. Granted, my girls don't enjoy coloring as much I did as a kid (or as much as I do now) but on road trips and at home, along with the dvd players and handheld games, we bring/have books, crayons, markers, coloring books, word search, word scrambles, decoding messages activities and notebooks for entertainment; screen time is still limited. We sing car karoake (thanks to my Mother-in-law who gave this to us as a Christmas present 4 years ago) and we play games on the road, like try to get the truck driver to honk. They love it!
5. I believe in limited t.v. time EVERYDAY. Thanks to Roku streamers and Netflix packages, our kids, who love watching t.v. are not as distracted by it. When we had cable it was all too easy for me to allow them to watch everyday and sometimes it felt like ALL day. It was just too easy. Now though, with streaming t.v., it takes more than just a tap of the remote control to watch a program and you know what, the kids were not the problem, it was daddy and me. ::shhh:: They rarely ask to watch t.v. It's only when they "feel" they have nothing else to do that they even ask. Usually, like right this instant, they are outside playing, homeschooling or cleaning their room which is an on-going project.
So, will we be participating in screen free week? We actually live a life of minimal screen time.
What about you? Are you be participating? How? What ways do you minimize your family's screen time in general? Leave a comment and feel free to leave a link to your blog!
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