Here is how: turn off the screens. Get rid of TV, computer screens, videos, video games…all the screens. Have a screen-free two weeks, cold turkey – just like that! And then see how much better everyone does playing and getting along as siblings and decide to extend it further.
Here are some wonderful things to do in January without any screens:
Cut out paper snowflakes, including really cool 3-D snowflakes
Play board games or card games with your children
Draw, paint, model
Make popcorn together
Play in the snow – build snow forts, have snowball fights, snowshoe, downhill or cross country ski, ice skate on a pond
Read and tell stories
Build forts inside
Take a walk outside in the cold – look for animal tracks or berries or birds or all of the above
Knit, crochet, cross stitch, finger knit, spin, sew
Sing and make music together – learn some new songs!
Clean, scrub, dust, work around the house – rearrange furniture
Go bowling or find an indoor swimming pool to swim in
Write letters to family and friends; write stories together
Snuggle on the coach with hot chocolate and marshmellows
Cook for a neighbor
Find a place of worship to attend and get involved
Throw a party
Clicker train your dog, cat, or other animal
Take care of plants; start seeds indoors when it it is time
Add your own ideas here!
Many blessings, enjoy January!