My perspective and my kids’ perspective is very different on just about everything in life. So it isn’t surprising that Screen-Free Week is another one of those things.
I took to the halls to find out what the kids here think about what has been the best and worst parts of this week.
Me – “What is the worst part of Screen-Free Week?”
3-year-old – “I don’t like Screen-Free Week.”
6-year-old – “That I can’t play video games.”
8-year-old – “Not getting to watch tv.”
Me – “What is the best part of Screen-Free Week?”
3-year-old - “Smoothies!”
6-year-old - “Nothing. Well actually getting to bake cookies is kind of nice.”
8-year-old - “It saves energy.”
Today’s baseball game reminded me that I believe all those who teach, whether they be parents, coaches, or school teachers, have to meet our children where they are while always challenging them to be more, do more, seek more. For this very reason, I also believe that no one should tell you how to parent, how to teach, because you will have to meet your own children where they are.
With the threat of rain and the very real cold, the middle boy and I decided to warm our kitchen and bellies by baking cookies. I love baking any time, but when it is with just one child at a time, it is even more special. This one loved talking about the math of measuring: fractions, halving a recipe, and what happens when you don’t have the exact right measurement cup/spoon.
Since the other two were clamoring for attention by the time the cookies were cooling, it was decided that a special treat deserved a special place in which to eat them. Can believe that such a fun mama like me has never really taught her children to build forts?
Fort building time it was. And as an example of me attempting to direct my children’s imaginations, unsuccessfully I might (needlessly) add, I thought this would be a great opportunity to sing campfire songs or . No, it had to be a haunted house with monsters lurking outside, ghosts hovering, and lions stalking. Sigh.
Our day was topped by the most American of spring pastimes, baseball. The crack of the bat is heard on fields all across the country. The sound of cheers, the excitement of a big hit or unexpected catch, the smile on his face when he reaches first base… That is the best thing ever.
What is your favorite activity to do with your child, any time?
I am partnering with Green Child Magazine to chronicle a week-in-the-life of a family experiencing Screen-Free Week. Each day I will highlight something our family is doing instead of watching tv, playing on the computer or video games. We will spend time together, time independently, time exploring, and likely a little time with not a thing to do. Join us!