I remember as a kid, I lived outside. I was sort of a tomboy. I loved getting dirty, playing Nerf guns, fishing, making trails out in our pasture, and whatever else my male cousins were doing! There were very little electronics, like there are today. We had our imagination. Not a screen showing us how to play. I miss those times. It seems like now every where you look, kids have their faces locked on to some type of screen.
As a parent, it’s important for me to have my kids step away from electronics and use their imagination. We really value our electronic-free time in our house and use it to bond together. I’ve made rules on when, and how much screen time my kids are allotted. I wanted to share with yall a few things I do around here to keep electronics to a minimum in our house.
No TV On The Weekdays.
I just don’t even indulge that idea with them. My oldest two are in school, and have plenty of extracurricular activities to do, along with whatever home-work they have. I keep on hand, for my youngest ; busy bags, play-doh, crayons, markers, and any other craft supply you can think of. This helps me keep him busy, while I get things done around the house, or with work. Once I’m done I’ll often sit with him and read to him while h
Family Game Night.
Saturdays are so much fun for us! We pull out all the “old school” board games, make snacks, and get a little competitive! It’s such a great way to relax after a busy week. We each get to pick a game to play that night, so it’s fair (and age appropriate) for everyone.
We Go For Walks
When boredom sets in, I’ve often been tempted to let the kids watch TV or play on their iPads. So instead I take them outside for a walk around the neighbor hood, or to the park! It really gets us out of those lazy, icky moods! Not to mention they get fresh air and exercise. That’s such a mom win in my book! With Fall here, you can often find us walking and searching for those beautiful signs of nature changing.
What do you do to keep your kids from spending too much time on their electronics?