I enjoy following Go Explore Nature. She is a mom with a passion for exploring outside with her boys and she has some great simple ideas for how to enjoy it together.
I was recently reading one of her posts and realized there is a movement by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood for families to participate in a screen free household challenge from April 30th through May 6th.
Wow. A Challenge.
When I saw this I thought, I want to do this! At the same time I also thought, I don’t know if I can do it.
My computer screen is where I go when I need a “quick fix”, when my boys are challenging my sanity, when I need to know there is something happening somewhere…
It is a habit.
We are consistent about not allowing our boys to watch a lot of television. C only watches less than 1/2 hr and not at one time during the day and L we limit to 2 hours total per day. But, there are days where L watches more because of laziness on my part. I know I am not alone in feeling I need more than the 1/2 hr break one of his favorite shows provides sometimes. Giving him the satisfaction when he asks to watch another show in the afternoon while C is napping is as much for him as it is for me.
So, this idea of no screen time for a week is a real challenge for me. To be fully present, accountable and engaged all week, all the time with no “quick fix” to fall back on is almost daunting.
I know it is essential for me to curb my habit. To explore new ways to fulfill my need for connection and escape during certain times of the day. So, this challenge is happening at the right time.
I am sharing this in the hope that others will join our family. It is important to feel uncomfortable for a short time, this is how we learn and grow right?
If we stay complacent, doing the same as we have always done then how can we recognize or learn another, possibly better way to live.
I know this isn’t going to feel good right away but I also know I will learn a lot about myself and especially about my boys. We will be spending a lot of uninterrupted time together.
What are we going to do? We will be outside most of the time. I am happiest outside, so are my boys. We have a lot of weeding to do in our yard that we never have time to do, there are some new hiking trails I can’t wait to explore with the boys. I am really looking forward to the possibilities, the changes.
I will not post anything for at least a week. I know I will have a new perspective and great adventures to write about. I also know I will feel more connected to myself and my family.
So, I am up for this challenge, are you?