So this week we endured, embraced, rallied and relished 48 hours of life that was technology free. Yes we had no television no internet, no computers, no iPad, no iPod, no xbox, no Wii and no social networking of any kind. How did we go you ask? Well we did it, and for that I am pretty proud. Both of myself and my kids. Yes, first world problems I know, but online addiction can be a serious issue so I thought it fitting to try ourselves out and see if we were up for the challenge. Here’s what some of my kids said when I first brought this challenge to their attention. 11 year old: Why would we want to do that???? 10 year old: That doesn’t sound like a good idea at all 8 year old: No way….not happening Well suffice to say their early lack of enthusiasm was tempered with a dose of “bad luck its happening” .We did however settle on a compromise to undertake the challenge midweek. Here are some of the great things that this challenged encouraged:
- I cleaned out another big packing box that could easily have stayed up the top of childs cupboard for at least another decade or so
- we go out the “old fashioned” scrabble and played a few rounds…and used a really really old dusty dictionary to
fightdiscuss the legitimacy of words
- I played with lots and lots of play dough
- I read many many books to the toddler
- I hung up some more pictures that had been lying around the house
- I realised I have great skills in toddler distraction. Every time he asked me to watch something on the TV I had to quickly come up with another fun activity!
- For the first time in a while I finished in advance my book group book
- I got a lot more sleep. A bit like when you are on a diet and you go to bed just so you won’t eat anything….
- the kids sat and spoke to me for a full 15 minutes when they came home from school
Some of the more challenging aspects of this challenge:
- I played lots and lots of play dough
- I had no idea what was going on in the world (could also be seen as a positive)
- Walking without an iPod takes heaps longer
- before bed I like to treat myself to some pretty pictures from instagram and pinterest…so I really missed that!
On the whole though there was an element of connecting with each other that is more likely to occur without the background noise and distractions. It also gave the boys a few different ideas about games to play and ways to spend their downtime that have continued through the week. And for me, whilst I still love my gadgets, I think it has enabled me to look at the ways I was using my time and hopefully will result in more effective time management. Here are some of the activities we did whilst disCONNECTED: