Tips To Avoid Electronics During Summer Break
I remember when I was a young girl living in California. Anytime I was bored, you know what my mom would give me? She gave me a hammer with some pieces of wood and nails and would tell me to go outside and build something. Now, I never really got very far building anything. I always thought I was building a bird house but after just hammering two pieces of wood together, I would give up!
My mom would let me play the old Nintendo system when I was really bored but that’s the only type of electronics I had. Most of my days were spent outside playing. Now, if it was a cold or rainy day then I would spend it inside with crafts or making up my own dance moves for my mom and dad to watch. These activities were so fun for me! The reason for this is, that was all I knew! We didn’t even have internet back then which I am grateful for because I was able to appreciate the simple things more in life.
These were the days! I always tell my husband that I wish I could still be a little kid and have no worries or cares!
Here we are in 2018 and I have 3 kids. All they want to do is play video games, or watch YouTube videos, or create a new Musically. Ya, musically. Do you even know what that is? I didn’t know until 3 weeks ago when my daughter kept begging me for my phone. Apparently, it’s an app that you use to make singing videos or really anything you want. I am not sure how I feel about this.
So, what do I do about all of this technology stuff?
Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful for technology and all the benefits of it in our lives BUT how much is too much?
During the school week, things get a bit tricky because they come home from school, do homework then they have free time before dinner. During this free time is when they want to be on the computer. I make sure I am right next to them so I can monitor everything they are looking at. Mostly, they just play rob-lox which is another game that I don’t understand!
Over the past 2 years I have come up with a plan for over summer break that gives my kids the structure they need so they aren’t on the computer all day long! I created a TO-DO List! Check it out below!
- Get up
- Brush your teeth
- Have breakfast
- Change your clothes
- Fix beds
- Tidy rooms
- Pick up any toys that have been left out and put them in their boxes
- Creative play for 1 hour(*Check out my notes for ideas on this)
- Read a book for 1 hour
- Go play outside for 1 hour or more if they want to
- Have Lunch
- Clean up after lunch
- Quiet time for 30 minutes( This step is more for me because I need a break, man!)
- Then they can have some electronic time for no more than 1.5 hours
*Creative play: This can be anything from playing with play dough, building legos, drawing, coloring, writing a song or anything that takes their imaginations!
While on summer break, I try to stick to a reasonable bed time. My oldest is 9 so I don’t let her stay up all hours of the night. Usually they go to bed at 8:30pm but I am more lenient during summer. I like to allow them time to play with friends and be free to have some fun so we stretch the bed time out to 9:30pm.
Are there any routines that you have to help your kids time on electronics be limited? I would love to hear your comments below!