Happy belated May Day ya’ll!!
Today is day 3 of Screen-Free Week! Screen Free Week is a week where families go without TV and other media (outside the use for homework and/or work for parents) for the set period of time.
Organized by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood,
SFW is a fun and innovative way to improve children’s well-being by reducing dependence on entertainment screen media, including television, video games, computers and hand-held devices. SFW is an annual celebration of life, encouraging, people to read, daydream, explore and enjoy spending time outdoors and with family and friends.
I printed their free SFW Organizers Kit as it has a lot of research about the effects of screens on kids, literacy, commercialization, materialism and marketing, provides age-appropriate lessons for school-aged children (in school or unschooled), and offers 101 cool activities and ideas for playtime fun. Note: One can never have too many activities on hand with a 19 month old toddler. They even have some resources in Spanish.
Over the last few weeks, I have found myself watching more and more tube to zone out a little bit from my job as a youth worker. Over-worked and over-stressed from the daily grind (=burnout) often times sends me straight to the tube to stream Netflix in the evenings. I’m thankful for this break in bad habits and humbly grateful that Mother Nature has blessed Chicago with awesome weather this week.
I am thankful of the work that my partner and I have done to make sure our daughter Ahimsa doesn’t watch a large amount of screen media. I must remember though that I have the potential to rub off on her so making the choice now to deal with my stresses in other ways will truly pay off in the long run.
What role does the TV, iPad, iPhone, social media, video games, etc. play in the lives of you and your family? How do you deal with your daily stresses and/or mini-traumas as workers? What are your favorite screen-free family activities? Let us know!
Endnote: The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood played a huge role in the development of the film Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood. It’s a brilliant film so look out for the review here at It’s Better at Home.