Screens were taking over, eking into every waking moment.
It was the go-to activity for my children, the first thing they wanted to do in the morning, the first thing they wanted to do when getting home from an outing or after school. The last thing they wanted to do before bed.
AHHHH IT WAS DRIVING ME NUTS!!!
Yes, we did have family rules about screen times before, we don’t have screens on school day mornings, (didn’t stop my kids wanting to watch T.V though.)
BUT, I wanted our family to have a mid-week detox. a day where we know there is no chance of screen time, a time where we could plan our time as a family. A time to clear our heads for the constant digital onslaught.
You know what it is like, every member of the family drifts to different rooms, one child is playing with the Xbox, one watching T.V. You are somewhere else because you can’t stand the noise. And before you know it, it’s dinner time or bedtime and you haven’t seen your kids for hours!
I can tell you, it works for our family, it brings us closer together, it is a mid-week bonding day and it has just become a thing we do as our family.
No screen Wednesdays! (it even has a nice ring to it.)
How did we make the transition? I can tell you it wasn’t plain sailing. But so, so, worth it.
We started to discuss the possibility of a no screen day as a family.
It was met with some trepidation. My kids were not happy about the thought of a whole day without screens.
We discussed what day would be good and as Wednesday was mid-week we all agreed a good day.
We talked about it for a week before starting, we talked about how fun it would be and what we would do instead. Cooking, puzzles and games. (We started in winter and it is dark by 4.30)
Now I’m not saying we never did any of the above-mentioned activities without the No Screen Wednesday, it was just that screens would still be there if not on, they would be a possibility, screens would be a choice of activity to choose from.
Having a no screen day showed us we could manage without, that they are not the only thing to do, that they didn’t need to rule our world.
The first Wednesday came, the morning went super smooth, no one even noticed really.
After school was a different matter!
‘I hate you, mummy, you are the worst mummy ever!’ he was screaming, crying.
I didn’t back down, I remained calm and acknowledged his frustrations.
We soon started to play football in the garden in the dark. (It was winter and it gets dark here by 4.30.) It has become our new family favourite. If you haven’t tried it, give it a go. I couldn’t stop laughing.
We had a few difficult Wednesdays, where my kids would push back, get upset and think it was a stupid idea. We hung in there and now it is just accepted as part of our week.
For months now, we have stuck with the no screen Wednesdays.
It has become part of life and something we look forward to.
I would love to know how you manage screen time in your family.
HAS IT STARTED TO TAKE OVER YOUR FAMILY LIFE?
Want to give No Screen Wednesday ago? I would love to hear from you.
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