This week is Screen-Free Week! This is your chance, from April 29 to May 5, to take a break from screens, re-connect with your children, and maybe even start some new rhythms for your family life that involve increased connection and fun!
I think one of the best ways to do this is to think a little ahead. What is the rhythm to your family life? When do you use screens the most and for what purpose? Do you want to be screen-free or screen-lite and why is this important? What does this mean to you, and for your children’s development?
Once you have your goals in mind, going back to the basics of rhythm is definitely the first step in improving any aspect of life. If you have tinies, I suggest this post, Finding Rhythm With Littles, and for families with older children, I suggest this post: Finding Rhythm With Grades-Aged Children
The next step is to bring your children into the work of your home! This is a fantastic article from “Wonder of Childhood” about how to bring children into the work of your home. This step includes making ourselves become agents of doing. This is what a small child relates to, and what grades-aged children and teens are craving. When we don’t show our children any meaningful work within a meaningful consistent rhythm, they are rightfully confused.
Learn how to play again as a family. Families these days are often good at rushing around, but often not as good at playing all together. This can include things such as board games and card games, but also playing outside together, and excursions.
Come join me on Instagram this week @theparentingpassageway as I post some ideas for different ages during Screen-Free Week!