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TV Turnoff Week

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Or actually, Screen Turnoff Week.

Our local library is challenging the kids to not use electronics, watch TV, DVDs, Wii, IPads, etc... If they can go the week then they get to spend the night at the library on Friday. It's a night filled with fun events centered around the theme...Knight Quest!

My youngest four (5,8,12,14) are up for the challenge. When they asked if we could do it I have to admit I was being a party pooper. Doing it means missing my boys' varsity basketball game AND sleeping on the hard floor. But I decided I have to do it, have to expose my little ones to more things and for me to ENJOY life with them along the way.

Today, to distract them from any "screen", I asked the four of them if they wanted to go on a walk, explore our new neighborhood. It's cold here, about 32 at the time I asked them (3:30). They were all enthusiastic to do it. I had so much fun. They did follow the leader. I'm sure we were quite the sight with 5 people walking down the street, single file, doing funny arm movements, actions, etc... I'm sad to say I did not participate fully on this. There's NO WAY I would have had the energy to walk back home.

As I watched my kiddos enjoy each others company and come up with some VERY creative actions I realized this TV turn off is going to be GREAT!

*More bonding time
*I'll get more things accomplished
*Homework will be done first, not last, thing
*Fun reading together
*Stimulate our creativity
*And get Healthier together

After dinner my 14yo got out her little video camera her grandma gave her a few years ago and they've been filming each other. They created a "show" based off of America's Got Talent. They found costumes, did each others hair and make-up (thank goodness my 8yo son refused that part), made audition bios along with audition numbers across their chests. They even created tickets for those "moving on" to the next round and the winner received a trip to RIO ("not for real" my 5yo assured me)

I'm looking foward to see what else they come up with this week.

Technically I shouldn't be on the computer now but I'm allowing myself a few minutes a day on SP, Fitbit and my online Banking.
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    What a fantastic challenge! I know my kiddos would freak out. We lost electricity for a few days and I thought my son was doing to crazy. LOL!

    What a great thing for you to do with them. What memories you are creating!

    Hope the rest of the week is just as fun! :)

    1368 days ago
    Awesome challenge -- definitely a challenge though!
    1368 days ago
    emoticon Great challenge and it is fabuloous to hear about your kiddos using their imaginations like that. Such creative minds!!! Good luck this week!
    1368 days ago
    Great challenge! We used to do that with our kids too. It's a great idea. Have fun!
    1368 days ago
  • STLSUE01
    What a great post!! Thanks for sharing!

    Several years ago, my (now ex-) husband and I were avid viewers of "The Today Show." I remember the morning they challenged viewers to give up a modern convenience, like the dishwasher, or TV. We gave up TV.

    I have not watched broadcast TV or cable since at least 2008 now. My guy and I currently watch Netflix on streaming, but we tend to watch one series at a time, one episode at a time, so our TV time is down to about an hour per night. I don't miss it. I don't miss the doom-and-gloom of the nightly TV news, and I certainly don't miss my life and calendar revolving around a TV show airing. I don't miss the commercials.

    It's amazingly liberating.

    1368 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    What a cool challenge
    1368 days ago
    Sounds like a great no-screen day! You'll have those great videos to look back on for years to come. I love when my kids do that.
    1369 days ago
    That is awesome! What a great idea. It'll be fun to see what all they come up with using their own imaginations!

    I turned off my TV 30 years ago . . . I highly recommend it.
    1369 days ago
    Great goal.
    1369 days ago
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