Our family has never been big television watchers or video game players, but it only takes a little screen time to cause moodiness and attitude issues around our house.
Have you read this article circling on the internet about screen time? Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy
Time and again, I’ve realized that regardless of whether there exists any “true” underlying diagnoses, successfully treating a child with mood dysregulation today requires methodically eliminating all electronics use for several weeks—an “electronics fast”—to allow the nervous system to “reset.”
We had already made a decision to take a screen break before reading this, but it fueled the fire in me to stay true to our choice. Our children also have iPods made from old iPhones so we put those in a drawer for a time as well.
There had been mood swings, complaints of boredom, and constant anticipation of screen time over the last months. Even though we had scheduled times for tv or iPods, there were still questions all day long about it. It was taking up too much brain time time before and during not to mention trying to break them away once they were glued. It was as if nothing else they could do measured up to the treasured screen time. They all went into a trance: no movement, no thinking, no social interaction, and they were often playing ‘school’ games. Everyone went into their own cyber land ignoring everyone else.
Something had to be done.
We didn’t have a family meeting about it or ask their opinion concerning the matter. We just Unplugged all devices and made the decision for our family. Cold turkey.
There are a million opinions on this subject but for our family, it has been an awesome family recharge!
- More playing TOGETHER
- Boredom has led to Imagination
- Choose to play outside more
- Better attitudes and just happier all around
- Playing with toys again
- WAY more creativity going on
We do have exceptions (and it is now considered a TREAT!).
- Watch a series in the car when traveling (Little House)
- Listen to audiobooks at meals
- Reading on a Kindle (EK is a voracious reader!)
- YouTube videos as a group during school time
- Watch a movie after finishing a chapter book we read
- (We DID watch a little tv while our kids were sick this week)
This little hiatus has been great for Scott and I as well. We spend more time talking or reading than we did before. We also give ourselves the privilege of watching tv at night when the kids are sound asleep. We got to keep up with OUR shows don’t you know!
This is NOT forever but for daylight savings time when the days are long, full, and beautiful, we are Unplugged For a Season.
Has your family tried Unplugging and what benefits did you glean?
Hoping your life is A Beautiful Symphony until next time. Blessings!