Okay, here it is: TV Turn Off Week! In case you missed the introduction, be sure to read “Get Ready for a Week of Total Torture“. Each day this week, I’ll be providing you with some great alternative ideas to keep you and your family away from that TV. If you’re in the Erie area, be sure to hop over to my Attachment Parenting page for some local ideas.
If you haven’t talked with your kids about the plan for this week, today might be a good time to do that. Discuss why you’re turning off the TV. Make sure you frame it in a fun fashion or it really will be torture week for everyone. One family I know got some “Caution, Do Not Enter” tape and let their kids wrap the TV up for the week (no sneaking in Netflix after the kids are in bed!). Do something similar to help your kids invest in the project. Allow them to make signs (“No TV in this House!”) and hang them everywhere. Let them know this is going to be great time to connect and get to know each other as a family better.
Brainstorm some activities you’d like to do as a family this week. You might not be able to squeeze everything in, but you’ll get some great insight on what your kids are really looking for when it comes to quality time. Stumped for ideas? Check out some of these great websites for starters.
- Kill Your Television
- The Unplugged Project (each month, this mom posts a new theme for family unplugged activities. Browse through the archives to gather ideas. Be sure to check out her cool Fireworks in a Dish project).
- Homeschool Help: You can gather up some great ideas from Homeschooling Sites. Just google around.
- Screen Free Week (check out the Live Outside the Box toolkit!)
- TV Free Living
- iVilliage: 101 TV Free Activities
- TV Free Activities for Grown-ups
- Parents Magazine
- Free National Park Admissions: Find one in your area!
For us, it’s going to be quite a stretch this year. My husband just had shoulder surgery and is pretty limited in the alternative activities he can participate in, both because he’s still recovering and because he only has the use of one hand. However, we’re going to give it a go. These are some of the activities that are at the top of our list:
- Work on the Family picture collage project (something I’ve been wanted to get at)
- Go for a walk
- Visit grandparents
- Give the cats a bath (just kidding on this one!)
- Plan a BBQ for some church friends
- Do some baking (maybe some will actually make it to the neighbors this time!)
- Start some Spring Cleaning
- Play some board games or cards
What about you?
What’s on the agenda for TV-free week for your family? Email me and I’ll include it in next year’s list!