Saturday, May 3, 2014

Look Up

Recently, I stumbled across this video, and it inspired me to take one day each week where I don't turn on my computer, cell phone, or iPad... at least for the month of May. We will see how I do before I decide if I want to continue it. I have always been hesitant to try something like this in the past, but now that I'm a mom I want to make sure Ezra doesn't think it is normal to stare at a screen all day.

Our goal has been for him to make it to 3 years old without watching TV or movies. We have already broken it, but I am still trying regardless. Less is still better, right? Because of this goal, I hardly ever let him look at the computer, phone, or iPad, but he is already drawn to it, and I catch him just staring at my computer screen when I do homework around him. This scares me. I want to be present with him when he plays. I want him to know that I love him and care about the things he finds interesting. I want to be present with Joe when he gets home from school or work. I want to unplug.

So, for the month of May I will be banning the computer, cell phone, and iPad on Wednesdays... at least, as much as I possibly can. I know I will still have to plug in to do homework, but I am going to try to avoid even that as much as possible. I found this great app called StayFocused which I will use to block non-school related websites on that day and only allow those websites for a set amount of time on other days. Check it out - it is pretty sweet. I know this is a tremendously small step, but I have to start somewhere. Wish me luck!

(Note: There is one bit of language in this video. Sorry!)

1 comment:

lisey said...

I heard about this video. Thanks for sharing it! it is a great reminder.