I've been doing some thinking about something lately. Call it wanting to make a change for the new year, or maybe I'm just finally paying attention. We are on technology overload. If it's not the tv, it's the computer, or the Kindle, or the DS, or the cell phone, or Big Man's iPad.
When they're not doing lessons, they're playing games or watching cartoons. We don't have cable, so they're not watching as much as they used to, unless they're watching something on Netflix. And even then Little Man will change programs faster than I can blink.
The weather has halfway decent today and instead of going outside, which I have suggested more than once, he wants to be inside, playing on the DS.
Big Man and I grew up in an age without all of this technology. I can remember when cell phones looked more like bricks than mini computers. I was in my junior/senior years of high school before I was ever on a computer. We had floppy disks to store stuff on, instead of thumb drives. If the weather was nice when we were kids, we were outside playing. We weren't inside on an electronic device.
And so, since I've been noticing all of this, I'm going to start unplugging. If the weather is nice, we'll be outside. If it's not, we'll cuddle up and read, or draw, or do art projects, or free play with the multitude of toys they have. My son has enough Legos to build a small town, and enough Matchbox cars to create a small version of Texas Motor Speedway. I have enough books in this house to read that I don't need to go to the library for awhile.
We need to reconnect to one another, whether it be for an hour at a time, or all day on a weekend. Did you know there's a National Day of Unplugging? It's set for March 1-2 of this year. I've signed up! You can too, if you're interested.
I've noticed people reposting a picture on FB of cell phones stacked one on top of another, face down. They say to do this when you go out to dinner and the first person to check their phone pays. Why don't we do it at home, and the first person to check their phone, cleans up the dishes?
If you are already unplugging, feel free to share how you do it, and how it works for your family! If you need to unplug, feel free to join me!