I wanted to revisit the time our family unplugged for a week. That’s right, no TV and no computer for a week during the school holidays. I did this 2 years ago, when my children were 9, 7, 5 and 3. Have a look to see how we did
Well, we are back from our weeklong break of the TV and computer. You may be wondering how we went!
Last week we were blessed with the most amazing winter weather in Wellington. We spent our TV/Computer free week of the school holidays going out every day and loving it! Our days were spent at parks, library visits, creativity centres, craft workshops, train trips and we even had a night walk and did some star-gazing.
The rest of the time we read books that we got out at the library, and drew…drew…and drew some more (restocking our art supply was one of the best investments of the week!)
My hubby thought he woke up to the twilight zone to find our 5 year old boy sitting at the table drawing (he usually just draws when his sisters draw) and our 9 year old daughter in the lounge reading a book (she’s usually the one drawing).
I also noticed how the children just got on with playing with each other. Sometimes all together, sometimes they would break off in twos. Lots of complex imaginative play that would just go on and on. It was fantastic! It would have never happened if their faces were glued to the computer screen or TV.
My 9 year old told me that she loved the week, and prefered it over watching TV or playing on the computer.
I also noticed that the kids and I settled and went to sleep a lot better too!?!
As the kids adjusted to having no computer and TV during the day, I had to adjust to having no computer in the evening.
I must admit the first night I was bored! By the second night, I soon found things to occupy my time. Sometimes it was working on my to-do list, like mending clothes (finally!!) and reading new books. Most nights I would end up just hanging out with my hubby, which was looovely. We went out on a date on Friday, and when we came home my mum said the kids were really good. My hubby attributed it to the TV/Computer Free week.
I think the thing I missed the most was the convenience of paying bills online…I had to post cheques and use the phone! (old skool!)
I can tell you that I didn’t miss the fights over who’s turn it was on the computer/TV, or the kids getting grumpy when the TV got turned off, or the late nights after letting the computer suck too much of my time.
I like the freedom of being computer free in the evenings and during the day…so I am having to re-think how I am going to fit it into my routine. hmmmmm??
That is where we are at the moment…figuring out how to transition back into using them again, and how much to use.
It was a great exercise to become free of those things that we thought were quite established in our lives.
We were able to see that, actually, we can manage quite well without them, thank you very much!