My main goal: to live in the PRESENT.
* Less computer time.
* More reading.
* Less time in my phone.
* More time playing.
* Less girls nights.
* More dates with my own husband.
* Less time on techy gadgets.
* More family time.
* Less time sitting on the couch.
* More time being diligent with house work.
Several months ago I was appalled when I saw a young toddler watching a small portable DVD while waiting at a restaurant table. I mean REALLY?! I see all sorts of kids with their own personal Nintendo DS wherever they are! We now have phones with internet and we check email or text or whatever while waiting at a stop light or at the doctor's office or at dinner with OUR OWN FRIENDS. We have vehicles with movie players, TVs at treadmills, news screens at gas stations. Can any of us really just SIT and BE anymore? Do we adults have attention span to focus on ANYTHING?! And what are we teaching our children when we allow them to fall into the same trap??! *Heavy sigh* When our kids were infants I refused to use those toy bars that strap to the car seat handle, toys that strap to shopping carts, or buy suction toys for the high chair. I'm all about having small toys in a bag for when they're absolutely needed, but right from the beginning I didn't want our kids to think they needed entertained 24/7. I want to instill in them the ability to SIT, to be creative, to play imaginatively, to observe their surroundings, to love books, to love art, music, family time. It starts when they're young and it continues to today. I also know that sometimes when the kids are really getting crazy and out of control, that's when they need something structured, an activity like water colors or play dough or a board game or just going outside.
So in those moments when you normally would get restless, instead of getting on those techy gadgets, make memories and laugh with your family!
While You Wait...
For frozen pizza to cook...
...have kids color their own "toppings" on the cardboard backing.
At a restaurant...
...play I Spy or search for certain shapes. (little ones)
...make up a story going around the table, each person adding a sentence at a time. (older ones)
At an airport (or a city bus stop though most of us really don't do that in our daily lives)...
...make up stories and names of the people you see and where you think they might be going.
At the doctor's office...
...plan ahead and bring a small tote of books and have children look quietly at them if there are not already toys provided in the waiting room.
... if you're alone, bring a book or magazine for yourself and enjoy the moment to read.
* What other ideas do you have for creating fun family memories out of a moment of boredom?
* How do you limit kids' time on techy gadgets?
* How do you limit YOUR time on techy gadgets?