TV Free: Create some family traditions

TV Free: Create some family traditions

The holidays are a great time to create some new family traditions (if you don't have any) or to celebrate with some long-held customs.  This week is especially well timed, since you don't have the the distraction of the television to keep you from deepening the family bonds. There's some really good research out there about the benefits of family traditions -- including strengthening parent-child relationships, decreasing rebellion, greater ability to resist peer pressure, and a whole lot … [Read more...]

Spice up Screen-Free Week with these Terrific Craft Resources!

Spice up Screen-Free Week with these Terrific Craft Resources!

If you've made it to today in the TV-free week, you're half-way there!  How's it going so far? Hopefully you've gotten a chance to get a few of those "put-off projects" started and spent some quality time with the family.   Today, we've got some crafts for the young and old alike.  If you haven't done your Easter Eggs yet, you're in luck -- there's some great links for ideas in this post.  Read on! For Infants and Toddlers Book: Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s(r) for Infants, Toddlers: … [Read more...]

TV Free: Make the Commitment

TV Free: Make the Commitment

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 … [Read more...]

Get Ready for a Week of Total Torture

Get Ready for a Week of Total Torture

That's what most kids (and some adults!) think when they first hear about TV Turn off Week. There were certainly some of those sentiments flying around our house the first year we chose to celebrate this semi-annual event.  Let me give you the quick run down: Purpose: To re-think the role of television, why we use it and to assess its impact on your family. How: Simply switch off or unplug your TV set for seven days and engage in a wide range off substitute activities. When: April 18- … [Read more...]

TV Turn Off Week: Our Progress Report

The Whitney house has been celebrating, and I was surprised at how hard to was this year! Maybe it was because the baby brings new responsibilities and at the end of the day we just want to crash in front of the TV. However, we resisted! Instead, we went for walks after dinner (it’s nice that the sun is still out), read books, and even painted our bedroom! It seems like it’s been a slower paced week, even though it’s no different than any other week. Sometimes we just sat on the couch and … [Read more...]

TV Turn Off Week

TV Turn Off Week

It’s here again! That wonderful time of year that we turn off our sets for a week and concentrate on some quality family time! I can’t believe it snuck up on me like this (it actually started April 19th!). In order to fully celebrate, I would encourage you to pick out a week and abstain from all “moving media” (that means hulu and youtube along with regular TV). Now what to do instead? With Earth day just behind us, it’s a great idea to head outside and enjoy God’s creation! Here’s some ideas … [Read more...]