A quiet little revolution has been happening at my place since the turn of the new year and quiet is the operative word. We are completely screen free from Sunday until Thursday each and every week. The only exception to the rule is computer work for parents or using the computer to put music on the Sonos system. Everything else is switched off.
It’s been the most marvellous thing for my children’s relationships with each other. Not to say that they haven’t always played well, but just that they’ve never been allowed to get bored enough to really let their imaginations mesh. These days they are creating and inventing and mastering daring things together.
Even though we’ve never had a lot of screen time in an average day, I’d still say the kids are outside at least twice as much as they used to be. We’ve also dusted off board games and rediscovered things like jacks, hopscotch, marbles and fly (remember fly?). I don’t know what it is about restricting the screens, but kids suddenly revert to a timeless childhood. Max made a slingshot the other day – a slingshot! – and (mostly thanks to that lovely movie Paper Planes) flying paper planes off the top balcony is all the rage at our place. Cappers has even requested a go kart for her birthday. 1967 is alive and well at my place.
Reading – Finishing up The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides. He’s exceptional.
Writing – still writing War and Peace. It’s ‘cos I say I’m writing it but I’ve barely even started.
Making – chocolate playdough for Kidspot and OMG it is divine. I plan to carry a little bit with me wherever I go for aromatherapy purposes.
Wishing – Sneh’s kitchen was my kitchen.
Loving – this. It’s keeping me motivated.
Wondering – how to get more man in my life.
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