Some of my most fondest memories growing up were our family dinners where we all really connected. But things have certainly changed. Now, whenever we go out to dinner, I’ll look over at the other families and everyone is on their phones or tablets. And I hate to admit it, but my family is also guilty of this.
It seems that my husband and I are both shackled to our phones and computers 24/7 for our work and our kids model our behavior. But we want our kids to have the same fond memories that we have of growing up, so we decided to implement tech-free time in our household, starting with the dinner table.
Here are some ideas to implement tech-free time in your home.
If you want to start a no-tech time during family meals, conversation is key. Try open-ended questions that require more than yes or no answers. You can ask about your child’s day and ask him what the best part and worst part of his day was. You can also discuss current events that is appropriate to your child’s age.
Plan the day. Have a no-tech day full of a variety of activities that the whole family will enjoy. Take a bike ride around your neighborhood or explore a different community. Play a game of softball or basketball, whatever sport that would be suitable for your family.
Create family traditions: Some ideas are Make Your Own Pizza Night, Board Game Night and Fun Family Saturdays. Traditions help strengthen family ties and create wonderful memories.
Unplugging may not come easy at first, but having unplugged time each week will bring more opportunities for family connections and make some great memories.