You do know if we are not careful, we would have let our children waste their childhoods away staring at screens and not the kind that your grandmama told you not to slam on your way out.
I hear so many of us parents complaining about how our children don’t know childhood as we did, yet we continue to let them waste their time away on electronic devices instead of pushing and encouraging them to go outdoors or explore other creative outlets of play.
*insert black lady emoji with raised hand*
Living in a relatively “safe” neighborhood I do not trust my children to play outside unsupervised for a number of reasons. Primarily the fact that distracted drivers treat the main street through the neighborhood as if it is some kind of drag race thoroughfare, and to think the community thought it better to resurface the tennis courts than to install speed bumps. Add on the fact that we live in a society with predators, and you get the answer to the equation of me not feeling comfortable with just the two of them playing together outside. This puts the pressure on my husband and I to spend time with them outdoors.
I’ve instituted a one charge a week electronic device boot camp where I only charge their devices once a week encouraging them to use their time wisely. One of the activities that I institute when they’ve either used up their charge, or I am trying to save them from the dreaded dead battery prior to the next week’s charge is taking them outside for evening walks.
I find them actually talking to one another, laughing and joking and doing what brothers and sisters do. As the evenings have started to get cooler they are having a great time pointing out fall decorations on neighborhood porches and rushing to find premature fall hued leaves that have fallen to the ground.
I will say I have been enjoying these walks. It’s a time to wind down from the day, enjoy the fall breeze and take in the calm of nature before it gets too cold and then we have to figure something else out, cause there will be no evening walks in the cold.
Have you found effective ways to lessen screen time? Do you allow your children to play outdoors unsupervised?