As I type this up, I thought it’d be appropriate to turn off the TV playing for no reason in the background (I rarely pay attention, it’s usually just white noise). Instead, I turned on some tunes and read a few pages in the book.
The latter is much more relaxing than the arguments between the Real Housewives of Orange County. Adios, Bravo!
The team at WeCan! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) provided me with their fun, creative cookbook, and also informed me that this is “Screen-Free Week”. From April 18-24, take note of the urge to grab the remote and press “On”. Is whatever you’re about to watch really that intriguing, necessary or entertaining? Would that time be better spent with a book, or a chat with a friend, or really any form of physical activity?
This Screen-Free week is technically targeted for families and kids who spend way too many hours per week mindlessly watching the tube or playing on the keyboard than they do outside, with each other or making the heart pump. There’s an entire list of creative ideas for keeping the switch to “off” and getting out, instead.
That being said, I think we could all use a step-back week, yes?
This doesn’t mean cut yourself off entirely (feel free to do so, though!).Here was a good tip they provided for cutting down the hours of the bright glare:
Set Screen Time Limits: Create a house rule that limits screen time to two hours every day
My parents did this when we were growing up! There were various methods used over the years to cut down our “Screen Time”, but the one that usually stuck was a 2-hour limit. Of course we disliked it then, but in retrospect, we survived! And we spent much more time kicking around a soccer ball, playing upstairs together, or reading a library book because of it.
Anyway, my Screen-Free week started this afternoon! D left early for some work-travel, and I had sunshine and blue skies ready for some attention.
It was a needed rest-day, but that doesn’t mean I can’t walk and have a photo shoot with the signs of Spring…
What will your focus turn to this week to stay away from the screen?
Exception: The Boston Marathon tomorrow! I’ll be watching a lot of runners, including Kara of course, and can not wait to see how everyone does!