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Screen-Free Week May 2-8, 2016

We love technology in our home! We are all gamers and enjoy the convenience of all our screens and devices. But we also enjoy a good power outage now and then.

The power goes out a little too often around here sometimes. When my kids were younger, as soon as the power went out they would burst into a flurry of activity. They eagerly gathered candles, started the fire in the woodstove, and gathered water from the pool (if it wasn’t frozen) so we could flush our toilets. A power failure can still be a fun time now that my kids are 12 and 17 – every one enjoys reading, playing boardgames together, and keeping the fire going if it’s cold outside.

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Screen-Free Week May 2-8, 2016

You can experience the fun without the inconvenience of a power outage. Screen-Free Week has been celebrated every year since 1995. Join in this year and get your child to turn off the TV, video games, computers, cell phones, and devices to celebrate the magic of being unplugged!

Children today often spend too much time glued to screens and this can lead to health and behaviour problems. Just think of how little your kids are playing outside compared to when you were a kid! So encourage your child to get some outside time, read, explore, and play this week! You may want to print off a certificate of achievement for them at the end of the week. And consider taking some screen-free time yourself as a parent.

Enjoy some of these Screen-Free Week ActivitiesDownload the official Organizer’s Kit. Check out this Screen-Free Week infographic for more information and ideas and go to Screen-Free Week on Facebook this week for more inspiration and ongoing support.

What is your favourite screen-free activity in your home or homeschool? Please let me know in the comments below to give other parents ideas!


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Kimberly is a homeschooling mother of two living with her dear husband of over 25 years in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She works from home as a homeschool coach and offers OBM, writing, editing, social media, and tech services. In her free time she likes to hand-spin, knit, read, volunteer in local theatre, and horseback ride.