Monday, July 11, 2011


This is our week to "unplug" from the world of electronics - games, computers (unless work-related), TV's, movies, etc., etc., etc. Its something that I've been tossing around trying for a while, but just haven't had the guts to do it. But the constant bickering, whining, complaining, etc., had taken its toll on me as of last Friday, and by Friday night, the decision had been made. And while Michael wasn't too keen on the idea because I was asking him to unplug from his games too, he relented and agreed to try it out - at least while the kiddos are awake.

So, while I sit & type on my blog, we are officially unplugged - do you see the irony in this? Yes, we turned off the kid's access to the internet, took away all electronic devices, including phones, camera and iPods, and have disconnected from technology for the week. Welcome to the 1980's!!! Michael & I are only using our computers for work-related items, and email - since this is the way so many any of us communicate now. But I have logged off of Facebook which, I am sad to say, is my vice. I've already had several things that I've wanted to post as a status update, but I've resisted, and am instead making a mental list of things that I will need to update later ;) You know, because everyone is waiting to hear from me!!!

But I am amazed at the peace that has hit our home! REAL peace!!! There has been almost no fighting or arguing between the kids, and the lack of "I'm boreds" has decreased dramatically. They already know that they can't watch a movie, watch TV or play a video game, so they've just made due with good old-fashioned board games, old-timey books not on an electronic device, and toys they haven't played with in quite a while. They have all been reading more, and Alex has almost finished the 1st of the Harry Potter books in no less than 2 days!!!

We may unplug more often :)


Katrina said...

Wow, that is awesome! Be sure to let us know how it's going as the week continues. Like you, this is something I've toyed with doing, but haven't had the guts yet. (And, like Michael, Paul will certainly be the most reluctant participant!)