This week is Screen-Free Week. "It is an annual celebration where children, families, schools and communities turn off screens and turn on life. Instead of relying on screens for entertainment, participants read, daydream, explore, enjoy nature and enjoy spending time with family and friends." Are they for real?
It amazes me how so many schools are jumping on this bandwagon. My children's school included. Parents should be celebrating their own Screen-Free Days or Hours every week, not one week out of the year. Households every where should be making family time a priority every week! Why are we waiting on some organization to set a particular week for us to have a discussion with our kids about how much time they spend in front of the TV screen and video games?
People are acting like this is the greatest thing for families since Disney World. Give me a break! Parents, this is something that you can do on your own! You can make family time a priority every week and not just once a year. You can limit your child's screen time every day or every week if you choose. I think that families have become too busy with other aspects of life. Lets take time on a regular basis for family activities.
I'm not saying don't participate in Screen Free Week activities if they are in your school or your neighbor hood. It can be a fun experience. What I am saying is that you don't need to be told to reduce or eliminate your families' screen time once a year. Spending time with family and friends should take place a regular basis. Lets make it a priority.
Lets start Family Dinner Time . We should encourage families to have dinner together every day. If you don't sit down and have dinner with your family, start by doing it once a week. Use this time to talk about your day and what your interests are. You can gradually add more days as you become more comfortable with it. Some family dynamics will not allow family dinner time everyday.
After you establish a family dinner time, you can use that time to discuss other activities that you can do as a family. You can plan family activities that don't revolve around watching TV or playing video games. Did we just accomplish screen-free time? I think so, and it can happen every week of every year!
Happy Screen-Free Week!
Tune in on Friday when I blog about children quitting activities.