I have been on a campaign to get my kids screen free….at least in the mornings.
A month ago I took on a challenge to give my kids no screen time before school.
For several months before that, I had been in a tug-o-war with the TV, trying to wrestle it from my kids and put that big, garish screen in its proper place as occasional entertainer and not constant companion.
I even wrote about a screen free summer, providing free printables, at Multi-Taskin’ Mom, Worshipful Living and WholeHearted Home, all the while my kids took in hours and hours of cartoons.
I hated it!
You see, I didn’t grow up with a television. My parents wisely chose to not have a television in their home, and we never missed its presence. As our friends would enter our living room for the first time, I would hang back in expectation, and was rarely disappointed by the gasp, and then shocked exclamation: “Where is your TV??” I would unsuccessfully hide my grin and say, “We don’t have one.”
“What do you do all day???” Was their incredulous reply.
“We don’t have time for a TV.” I would answer back, always wondering what the big deal was.
Sure, there were times when I wished we had one, so I could watch Full House or The Cosby Show. But honestly, hand-over-my-heart, I rarely thought of it at all.
We were too busy making up skits, building huge Barbie castles (mansions were so last week!), and putting together 1,000 piece puzzles while listening to Amy Grant or Michael Card tapes.
There were other things we did, too…but I don’t want to give away all our super-awesome ideas, because….well…
During the month of October I will be giving you 31 ways you can keep your kids screen free….yes, even in the rainy days when you’re cooped up inside.
It can happen, you know!
I grew up in America’s rain capital – Olympia, Washington – where it rains 363 days a year (right next to Seattle where it rains 364 days a year).
I hope you’ll join me starting October 1st!
Oh – and would you help me spread the word?
You can share the image below on Facebook, pin the one above on Pinterest….click on the tweet below to share on Twitter….
and use the hashtag #ScreenFreeMornings
See you on Thursday for our first Screen Free Activity!!