I realize that I was quite negative about this early on! One of my main thoughts for accepting this challenge, was to figure out a routine to update my blog more consistently! Well…how many days has it been?
It has been 4 days! Out of those 4 we have, played 5 board/card games, went on 3 walks, read a little bit each day, had every meal WITHOUT the TV on (it’s a big deal for our family), talked, asked questions and connected. I can’t speak for the whole experience, since it is not over yet, but I feel the purpose becoming more clear. We should abstain from technology or anything that keeps us from truly connecting as a family, on a regular basis. I think I might present the challenge to my family, to do once a quarter and then eventually once a month… EEK!
The benefits have already been tremendous. I do still feel the need to look for the remote when I sit on the couch after putting the kids down and also when I wake up to get the kids ready for the day. But I am aware and hopefully will refrain from reaching for that clicker every time I’m ready to relax or entertain my children!
Has your family ever given up anything together? If so what was it and what was the result from doing so?
I finally made a pinterest inspired craft! I used an old frame added some paper and stickers….and a lot of ideas! I wrote on the glass with a dry erase marker and wa-la….summer fun!
My favorite idea is the Boy’s “lay in the grass and watch the clouds”!
This last Saturday my beloved husband came home with a wonderful idea….a fast from television. What a great thought….we have abstained from the tube for a day or two before, but have not committed to a whole week! So you can imagine my excitement at the mention of the opportunity to BLOG about something new, besides my failed cooking:)
He talked about a week, a few weeks…a MONTH! Whoa, hold on there…let’s just start with a week! I started making a “mind” list, we can do some pinterest crafts, we can go for walks, we can swim, go to the beach, cook together, read…the list was getting so long!
On Sunday, I was home alone while the kids were hanging out with their Dad. I was continuing my Dawson’s Creek marathon on Netflix, when my family walked in the door shouting “ooh, NO T.V., Mom!” What?!? Now mind you, I was not cheating, because I was unaware of our start date. So imagine your husband turning off the T.V., just about the moment when Joey was going to kiss Dawson for the first time!!! I was floored and totally agitated!
I really loved the idea of no T.V., but I HATE when someone tells me what to do! There is something in me that just boils and turns rebellious at the thought of being told what to do. So I did the obvious and reasonable thing….I ignored him for the night!