My sons have declared a No-TV week. Of course I took it a bit further and decreed that no one in our family is utilizing any multi-media device April 19-25 (we had to make it the weekend also, my boys said to prove that I’m mean). What does no multi-media mean to us? No video games, television, movies, computer, games on Daddy’s cell phone. We’re returning to 1950. I’m going to sew me a cute apron and bake all week (great idea if I could sew). Maybe I’ll actually catch up on that stack of books and magazines piled on my dresser. I will be posting a review on Brian McClure’s book to this blog on the 20th, but I promise I will write it before and set up the automatic posting feature.
I’m thrilled to turn off electronics for a week. The boys won’t even have to ask, “Can we play video games?” 90% of the time the answer to that is no, this week it will be 100%. Yeah, for family bonding. Here’s a list of some of the fun things I hope we can fit in.
- Sports - our favorites are playing catch with a football, wrestling on Momma’s bed (ups the risk of injury), kicking a soccer ball around, and practicing baseball or basketball
- Hide and seek
- Playing board games - my boys' favorites are Monopoly, Sorry, and Risk (notice I said the boys' favorites, not mine!)
- Reading stories together - we love chapter books. Lately we've devoured the Dragon Slayer’s Academy series by Kate McMullan, Chickens in the Headlights by Matthew Buckley, and the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull.
- Going on a bike ride or walk. I enjoy the actual walk and bike ride, but my boys love making it to the park or finding a river to throw rocks into.
- Cleaning - We draw out of a jar the name of one room in our house. Then the boys and I clean that room from top to bottom - blinds, baseboards, drawers, everything. You'd think this would be miserable but it actually turns out pretty great. The boys work hard because I'm working alongside them and we get some wonderful chatting time in. Sure, it’s not their favorite activity but sometimes they have to do what Mom wants to do.
- Visiting our elderly friends
- Going to the library or bookstore (two of my favorite places on earth). I love giving my boys extra jobs so they can earn money to buy new books.
- Craft projects - I am horrible at hands-on projects, but Parenting magazine will often have fun and easy ideas that I can handle.
- Making magic potions or baking together – messy stuff, but so much fun.
- Setting up an obstacle course in the basement or backyard
- Building forts out of blankets
- Jumping on the tramp
- Playing in the sand (especially if water is involved)
- Having battles with Playmobils or Imaginext knights and pirates
- Chasing for a kiss - the boys run around screaming, if I catch them I get to kiss them.
- Dancing to music
- Making a band with pots, pans, and cooking utensils
- Letting them earn a dollar and then taking them to the dollar store to spend it - again, their favorite, I'd prefer they save their money or spend it on books.
- Playing silly games like airplane on Mom's feet or horse rides on Mom's knees or holding their leg and hand and spinning until we lose our equilibrium.
I’d love to hear from all of you. Please share some of your favorite family activities.
I think the best part of No-TV week is just spending more quality time together as a family. I won’t be sneaking in my office to work, Dad won’t be lounging in his theatre watching sports (he’s going to miss the NBA playoffs, yikes), and the boys will be forced to play with each other. I’ll let you know if we make it through the week without any serious injuries.
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