Did you know this upcoming week is National Screen-Free Week? I'm guessing not? I wouldn't even have known about this if they hadn't mentioned it at our library story time. It goes from April 29-May 5 (Mon-Sun).
It used to be called No TV Week, but times, they have a-changed. Screen-Free Week is a time to "turn off screens and turn on life," according to its website.
I think this is a fantastic challenge! I have definitely noticed how I use 'screen entertainment' way too much and sometimes even ignore my own child while trying to watch a show or waste time on the internet. I know I need to be more engaged with her, and now that she is walking and the weather is getting nice, we need to get out of the house and explore. I have a friend who made it a rule to not have the TV on when her child is awake, and I always thought that was great but not something I could do. (Disclaimer: I have a degree in Advertising and used to work in cable television. I am also a firm believer of "everything in moderation.") But going screen-free for one week? Let's try it. (In a modified way--I'm not a "jump in head-first" kinda gal.)
My resolutions for Screen-Free Week are no screens when my child is awake (and she's down to one nap, for the most part, by the way). That means no TV, no DVD's, no Kindle, no computer, no Wii. I don't own a smartphone so that's not an issue. We have Pandora on our Roku box, so I will allow the use of that since it's an easy way to play music. I'm also picking one day to go completely screen-free for the whole duration (I picked Tuesday). I might pick an extra day to do this too, depending on how Tuesday goes.
If you want to join up with Screen-Free Week, read all about it here. If you're at a loss for how to fill your time, print out this list of 101 Screen-Free Activities. And maybe you even want to sign a pledge to keep yourself accountable? You can do that here. Have fun turning off the screen and tuning into the world around you!