Screens & Summertime: Win the Battle
We are officially on Day 4 of Summer, and already it’s like Gladiator around here. The kids are fighting and screaming before the sun has barely had time to rise.
When they’re not fighting, their favorite pastime is tv/computer/ipad. I stick to a consistent daily schedule of throwing them outside to play, making sure they run off as much energy as possible. And I enforce nap time after lunch for the three-year-old and rest time for the nine-year-old.
But seriously, no matter how hard I try to encourage them (aka, threaten them) to get away from the screens, they circle them like buzzards, waiting for the moment I give the signal that it’s okay to descend.
I can’t help but reminisce about my summers spent playing card games, working good, old-fashioned jigsaw puzzles, and reading books, when not engaged in Kick the Can with neighborhood kids.
And then a light bulb went off…I think I might have some old games stashed away in a cabinet!
Sure enough, I found this:
|Crazy Eights card game from the 1970s|
Daughter and I spent the afternoon playing Crazy Eights and having a grand old time. Memories of sitting Indian Style on my yellow-checked gingham covered canopy bed with my BFF came flooding back. Sticker collections, vinyl LPs, and Crazy Eights or Old Maid occupied much of our summer leisure time.
And then, since we were on a roll, I decided to press my luck by instructing her to read an actual BOOK, with actual PAGES. No e-readers here.
|Remember these old things?|
And guess what?
A little bit of magic happened.
We actually spent the afternoon without the constant drone of tvs, ipads, ipods, computers, You Tube, Itunes, Spotify, or Club Penguin.
And this was the end result:
Never fear, friends, if our electronically dependent family can do it, so can yours.
At least for one afternoon.
Baby steps, people.
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