NO MORE SCREENS!

I’m not really a big fan of resolutions. I’ve just never been good at sticking to that kind of thing, then I feel defeated and guilty and like a complete failure when I can’t even make it a week into the New Year with whatever crazy parameter I somehow think I’ll magically conform to because it’s a new year. Hmmm…weird!

I mean, if I can’t stick to whatever it is I want to stick to any other time of year, why would I do it on January 1? That doesn’t mean I think resolutions are worthless in general, I just don’t think January 1 is magical in any way.

That being said…I’m OK with having a “start date”, whenever that may be. It’s just helpful for my brain to gear up for a deadline of some sort. As we prepared for homeschooling and finished up three years of intense renovations this past fall, Jay and I both knew we wanted to make some significant changes for our family in the new year.

One of those changes that was weighing on me more and more throughout the fall was our use of technology and “screen time” for the kids. We’ve always been pretty particular about what they watch on TV and how much time they spend on phones, iPads, etc., but the older they get, the more time they want to spend on all those devices and the less time they want to spend with books. Of course in my carry-a-book-everywhere-you-go brain, this was super unacceptable! And seeing the kinds of things they’re watching most of the time…brainless, mind-numbing, make-you-dumb videos of other kids opening presents??? Oh yes, this is a major soap box of mine, which I may or may not address in another post. :)

So…what about you? Are you into resolutions? Did you make one this year you think you’ll stick with? Tell us about it in the comments below!

This isn’t the only change we’re making, but it’s probably the most concrete one at the moment. We also want to do more family activities since Jay’s every spare second has been working on the house for the last three years. And eat better…there’s always room to eat better!

AND SO…one “resolution” Jay and I agreed on was a screen “fast” for part of the week for the whole family. From Monday morning to Thursday evening at 5pm (yes, there’s a very specific time!), there is no TV, no phones, no computers, no iPads, etc. Of course this doesn’t include me and Jay using our phones and computers for practical purposes or for using devices for school activities. Although I’m still debating whether this includes things like Instagram and Pinterest for me. Hmmm…

Today (Monday, Jan 9) is the first day of this fast for the kids, and since they’d already been prepared ahead of time, they didn’t bat an eye this morning about the TV. I found it miraculous…and wonderful. I’m really, really excited about this. Just not having to hear, “Can I watch YouTube Kids? How long can I watch? How many videos can I watch? Can I play on the iPad? But she got to watch two videos, and I only got to watch one…” Ahhh…peace!

I’m also expecting Jay and I to connect more and have deeper conversations in the evenings, and he might even start reading more!!! (Miracles do happen, people!) I think this is going to be a really good change for our family, and there’s no intention or plan of changing it back. In fact, at some point we may extend the “rules” to Friday as well! We’ll see! One step at a time.

This isn’t the only change we’re making, but it’s probably the most concrete one at the moment. We also want to do more family activities since Jay’s every spare second has been working on the house for the last three years. And eat better…there’s always room to eat better!

So…what about you? Are you into resolutions? Did you make one this year you think you’ll stick with? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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