Sunday, April 29, 2012

Screen Free Week

April 30 – May 6th is Screen Free Week (formally TV Turn off Week)

Turning off the TV is no real challenge for me, as it has been at least two weeks since I last watched a program.  However, my kids will probably revolt a bit.  They don’t watch a lot of TV but, it comes in handy when Noah wakes for the day at 4 a.m.  I may have to lift the TV/video game ban during the hours of 3 a.m. – 6 a.m. for my own sanity. I don’t have a smartphone or even a data plan for texting, so that’s no problem. Though, I will miss my computer.   I don’t know if I can go completely cold turkey, as I rely on email for my job and in communicating with my children’s teachers, etc.  Instead, I plan to cut out the hour of TV the kids would normally watch after dinner, and replace it with family game time.  I’ve got a slew of classic games that have gotten a bit dusty like Jenga, Trouble (ours is the R2D2 version) and Candy Land. Also, the kids are now at perfect ages to learn some new cards games like Slap Jack and War.  In the evenings, after the kids go to bed, I plan to use the time I would normally spend on Facebook or playing Words with Friends, to finish the books I’m reading or maybe have Steve teach me a new card game. 

Here’s the link for more information about the campaign

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