We have all done it at some point or another. We have all turned on the TV and made our children sit in front of it so we can take care of things that need to be done. Whether it’s making an important phone call, getting some work done, cleaning, or even to just enjoy some peace, sometimes the TV can be a true godsend.
But it’s also a false idol that we all worship and we need to set a good example for our children by not turning the TV on morning, noon and night. If you feel like your family is watching way too much TV, or even staring blankly at other technological devices, it’s time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with each other. Here are some suggestions for taking some technology-free time out together.
1. Go for a walk together
Try taking a walk after dinner each night when you’re all together. It doesn’t need to be long. Even just 15 minutes of walking and talking is a great way to get in some exercise and let the kids burn off their never-ending energy so they can rest well.
2. Pick up a book
Small children benefit in so many ways from having books read to them. While with older children, you can encourage them to read quietly instead. Let everyone grab a book and sit in the living room to read quietly.
3. Start a family game night
Board games are a great way to enjoy each others company together. There are many to choose from for every age range too. Pop some popcorn or order a pizza. Make it your own fun tradition. If you have more than one child, you can let the children take turns choosing the games for the evening.
4. Have a family discussion
It only sounds formidable, but family discussions are a wonderful chance to tell each other about your days and learn something new together. Talk about current events – an especially important discussion for older children – and hear out each others outlook on them. Listening to each other will make everyone feel a stronger and more confident bond with each other.
5. Make it a family date
Who says you need to stay at home all the time? Get everyone in the car and go out to eat, go see a movie, go to the park, beach or any other place you can think of. It doesn’t need to cost a lot of money, but by doing things together as a family, you’ll build beautiful memories and share experiences that are worth treasuring.
So grab the remote, turn off that TV and get out there together!
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