There are lots of study’s out right now regarding the amount of time we spend on our phones, tablets and PC’s. I’m sure each of us has that instinct to jump and reach for our phones each time time it beeps or vibrates with a new text, e-mail, facebook post or tweet. Sometimes we even become more interested in what others are doing (via our social media accounts) than what is going on right in front of us. So I’m challenging you to take some time to unplug your technology and recharge with your kids.
Simply take an hour or a whole afternoon or even an entire day and put the phone down, forget about what’s new on instagram and focus solely on your kids.
Now you may be thinking… well that will be exhausting. How could I recharge after chasing a toddler all day?!?! Or, I’ll pull out my hair after putting up with a teenager all day?!?! And you’re probably right…. it probably will be tiring. But at the end of the day it probably will also be rewarding to teach your children something new, show them something different or just talk with them in a casual environment and find out what’s going on with them. And, it could easily become one day your kids will remember for a long time to come. (And the only thing your phone will miss out on is updating you with those tweets of randomness.)
Some activities to consider doing….
Make a suggestion jar. Simply write down different activities on Popsicle sticks and have your child draw to see what they will do next. This can be anything you want from playing board games to baking cookies. Get creative and it will be a surprise for your kids each time they pull one out.
The weather is getting nice out now so spend time outside. Take a walk, plant a garden, play catch or go to a park. You don’t have to spend money to spend time together.
Visit family, go to a movie, check out a new exhibit at an museum or try a new ice cream place.
If you are really adventurous try a say yes day. All day long say yes to what your kids want to do. Example: Eat ice cream for breakfast… say yes. One random day of an unhealthy breakfast won’t hurt anyone. If they want to stay in their pajamas all day… say yes. Ride their bikes to Grandma’s house… say yes. I’m sure your kids will get creative with what they come up with to do and I’m sure someday they will look back on it and say… “Remember that time you let us use the horse tank as a swimming pool in the backyard….”
Varying activities by age levels is a good idea with children of different ages so everyone can do something they enjoy and everyone partakes in every activity.
Overall, remember to have fun, remember to make some memories and remember that your family is more important than the latest hit on Youtube.