Television has brought a lot of good into the lives of children. Learning videos, songs, lovable characters, the list goes on and on! When used in moderation, television can be a great tool. You can have too much of a good thing, though. It's important to unplug from time to time and give your body and mind some exercise! Here are a few fun activities that will get you off the couch.
Before there were video game systems galore, there were jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, and secret forts. Think back to the "good old days" and include your kids in a few of your favorite childhood games. If you don't have a yard of your own, head to the nearest park or trail.
Read a Book!
Books have been replaced with movies and television shows. While it's great to see scripts come to life, there's a certain magic that comes with picking up a good book. If you have little ones, choose a fun, easy to understand classic to read out loud. If you have older ones, take a trip to the local library. Make reading a daily habit by blocking out some quiet time. Before you know it, you'll have children dreaming of princesses, knights, and dragons!
Think Outside the Box!
Instead of indulging in a Netflix binge session, create your own play or show. Bring out the old clothes and costume jewelry, write an epic script, cast your actors and watch your ideas come to life in a creative way.
Get Your Game On!Never underestimate the fun of a board game! There are awesome games for all ages and tastes. Some family favorites include Twister, Uno, Monopoly and Yahtzee. If your children are into video games, this is a great alternative. Make it more appealing by offering a special treat or prize to the winner. This also creates a great bonding opportunity if you play on teams.
Unplugging refreshes your mind and soul and gives you a little something different from the norm. It's important to teach our kids how to entertain themselves. I'm sure you'll love seeing the benefits that unplugging brings to your family. I notice a lot more imaginative play and sibling playtime goes on when parents pull the plug.
What ways do you unplug?