Last summer, Carl expressed a concern that the kids were looking at a screen too much, and I agreed. I tried to make more of an effort to go to the park or play board games or invite friends over when I could. I think I erroneously had a feeling that if they were moving from one screen to another they were not spending the entire day doing the same thing. For example, moving from watching tv to playing a game on the computer to playing an app on their ipod. It was still a screen, but last year we didn't really have a plan on how to impletment a change. We knew we had a slight problem, and I am sure we are not the only family who does. This year we have a new plan.
One of the days, there was a lull in our activity, and I picked up my phone out of habit and began to check it. My youngest daughter was swift to point out that I was on electronics, and it was not allowed. I also realized there was a certain usefulness for me when my kids were on electronics. The house was quieter, and I thought that I could get more stuff done without the kids being underfoot. Really, it was an untruth I had allowed myself to believe. I got more stuff done the first day we had screen free time than I had gotten done in one day in weeks. I spent time wiith my kids and also did what needed to be done around the house. They were not distracted and neither was I.
So far, it has been working really well. I am sure there will be some days which might be rainy or the kids might be sick which I might make an exception. It is our plan for now so we will see if we can keep having our screen free time. Now, I just have to figure out how to put down my smart phone!