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:

Happy Girl

Never fear, friends, if our electronically dependent family can do it, so can yours.

At least for one afternoon.

Baby steps, people.


Linking up with the Yeah Write Moonshine grid.  Oh, how I've missed these fine folks!

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  1. Crazy Eights! How cool that you had such an old-time :-) afternoon.Some books are meant to be held in the hands, IMO.

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    1. I love my kindle, but I sometimes miss holding a book!

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  2. Sounds like an awesome day! Childhood was so fun when we were kids, playing outside or playing pigs, monopoly and Uno. I couldn't imagine being a kid these days!

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    1. Yes, there seems to be some magic missing these days!

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  3. I am so anxious for our summer to start here, but know I will be beside myself one week in...I will probably be outside BY myself then as well. I keep trying to prepare my two teens for the "there are a lot of hours to fill in a day and you can spend 30 minute of them in useful ways and even another 30 in healthy activity ways. YIKES!!!!!

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    1. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with summer. Good luck with the teens!

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  4. I'm jealous that your summer started already! Ours is still a few weeks away. And I love that you broke out the "old stuff" for the kids. Those things will never be out dated!

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    1. I know, I wish I had all my old games from when I was a kid!

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  5. Sigh, summer. I don't have kids, but I used to nanny, and summer was the hardest; the kids used to get so bored!

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    1. Summer is wonderful in many ways, but boredom is the worst to deal with!

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  6. I think there's a chance I might be able to get my 8YO in on this action. Maybe not every day but perhaps every now and then. I was just rethinking our screen time limits for the summer (10 minutes a day on the wii doesn't go very far when you're home all day) but maybe I shouldn't...

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    1. Yeah, 10 minutes doesn't seem like a lot, but I know it's a slippery slope. My daughter has also fallen in love with Uno. She had a friend over today, and they played it all afternoon!

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  7. I miss being able to just pull out a board game and play! Good for you for teaching your kids how to occupy themselves without technology.

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    1. We still have plenty of technology, but it's nice to temper it with some old-fashioned entertainment!

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