A challenge! This year I have set out to be more proactive in my role as wife/mother/homemaker and friend. Everyday I am attempting to work on something extra so that at the end of each week I have something great to show for the time that has passed.
Not many people may admit this and some may not even struggle with this but I will ashamedly admit that my home does. We are far too in tune with our electronic devices. The television is on as back ground noise for a portion of everyday and I was beginning to know the schedule of even the most mundane of shows during my last pregnancy. Not to mention the smartphone that I use for everything from recipes to couponing to an oven timer and the endless messaging of other mentally unstimulated homemakers.
There is no end to the reasons of cause for this. Pregnancy, injury, winter weather, depression, a physically exhausting job the list goes on and on for why one might veg during their down hours. Myself in particular had been pushed to watch or leave on the TV for more hours than I would have liked by an exhausting pregnancy as well as a few other smaller factors. So this year when I was making my list of great goals to achieve in 2013 I realized something:
-Make all gifts by hand this year
-Begin early homeschooling of my toddler
-Plan more day time activities that stimulate learning and creativity
-Support my deployed spouse by keeping a productive home and happy loved children
-Get back into great prepregnancy shape
…hmmm watching the next big thing on television was not a priority. Then why had I made it a daily occurrence?
So I have implemented some rules since the start of the year.
1. No television before 5 pm with the exception of using the Wii fit for myself during nap times.
2. Limit night time viewing by always having a task to do during those hours. Usually I fold clothes or do strength training when watching.
3. Show the children who I want them to be through actions not words. It is all well to say I want them to be healthy and productive. It is another thing to help them learn how to be those things.
So off the television has gone and in that time we have had some great fun. Exploring other ways to stay busy with a toddler during winter time is a challenge but I remember so many more great days now that our focus is where we would like it to be.
Articles like this one from kidshealth.org have pushed me further to get back to basics with my children.
Pipe cleaner and colander activity found on Pinterest here!
So where is the challenge? I have enjoyed so much turning off the daily glow of television that I would like to challenge myself, and anyone else interested in joining along, in taking a no television approach to the week. Friday night, Saturday and Sunday will be the only days permitted with a use limit of two hours a day. I hope to change my family for the better and reinforce learning and creative play before any television viewing in our home.
If you haven’t been motivated by my testimony already here are 5 great reasons to step away from the noise box.
1. According to this article scientists found that sitting sedentary for 3 hours a day can cut 2 years off your life expectancy. Eep that alone gets me moving.
2. Television watching is said to lower IQ scores and impede memory.
3. Family albums do not usually have pictures of everyone sitting around watching tv. That is not the activity most want to remember so get out there and do something greater.
4. Obesity and television go hand in hand but so do mild pudginess and daily viewing. As I have gotten *cough* older I noticed I have to work harder to stay fit. Replacing watching hours with do something hours have made up quite a bit of that difference.
5. The more you watch the more you want to watch. Every time we sit for viewing hours we are shown commercials for other semi appealing shows.
Just turn it off.
I would love to hear of your own personal experiences with this challenge.