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.