Monday, May 17, 2010

Unplug It.

You know those things you don't like, but do anyway because they're good for you?
Taking vitamins.
Your annual exam.
Eating spinach.

Well this is one of them. We do this every Summer.
And we really don't like it. But it is so good for us!

And I'm challenging you to do it too.

Unplug it.

Pick one day a week and be willing to unplug.

The official Beki definition of unplug: Remove yourself from things that are a time waste for you.

In our case it's TV and computer.

So every summer when the kids get out of school, we commit to spending one day a week with no TV or computer.

(This is their last week of school before summer break.)

We picked Thursday.
Starting next week, every Thursday will be unplugged until school starts again.

We hate it.
We whine about it.
We try to cheat.

But you know what? It's always wonderful!
It's eye opening!

We have a craft day. A library day. A board game day.
A visit to the lake day. A picnic day.
A lay in the hammock and read all day day.
A help mom make dinner day.

It forces us to see things in a whole different way.
And one day a week won't kill anyone.

So you want to join? I dare ya.

Just commit to unplugging, one day a week for the summer.
You figure out what is your biggest time sucker.
And step away from it just for a bit.

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kraftykash said...

We sooo need to do this! I can't wait to tell the family. Excellent idea, Mama!

Sarah Askins said...

I love this idea! Both of my kids are addicted to anything that plugs into a power outlet, well except things that do chores. I agree Thursday is a good day for this. :)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Great thing to do with your kids, Beki! I whole-heartedly support your idea, but probably won't do it myself. :) It has to be good for families with kids at home though. There are so many summer activities to enjoy together.

Jus Shar Designs said...

I'm in. Although it'll probably only be me. My kids are much older so keeping them off the internet is tricky. Hubby is looking for a job, so he is online every waking hour.

I can knit and crochet....although I usually do that with a Netflix movie playing.

Man, this is going to be hard!

Kristi said...

It's like you read my mind! My family definitely needs to unplug a lot more. Dedicating an entire day a week is a great idea.

Casey said...

I'm doing it this year! We didn't last year and I was kicking myself in the rear for not getting more done with the kids. We may even get all crazy and do it for 2 whole days!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I like... I like very much! Will do a post on this later this week.


daisychain said...

what a fab idea!

Jenn~ said...

I really NEEEEED to do this....this summer is going to be different. More activity, more sun, more bike rides...

What a great idea Beki....thank you so so much :)))

Lisa said...

I could do it. I will read all day! I have to think of a day. Tuesday is my day off and I would love to do it all day, but it is the day I do most of my blog work so I would hate for it to suffer. Tuesday night tv stinks!!! SO it would not be hard that way and daytime tv is non existant. HUMMMM.... I will think about it. Doing a day I work would be almost cheating! I don't have access to them there. Sorry I am rambling;) Also my mother and stepfater will NOT do this, he lives for tv (while he sleeps) But I can do it. No kids so much easier for me ;)
Hugs, Lisa

Leah Spring said...

Good idea! We do it a little differently. The TV goes off at 10:00 a.m. You missed it cuz you slept in? You SNOOZE/ You LOOSE! Then, the TV cannot get turned back on until 8:00 p.m (depends on the age of the kids, but I only have teens at home now so up later.) This works really well for us, especially when I have to get business stuff done in the morning without anyone bugging me! LOL

chris said...

We have done this! Not once a week but everyday. It's amazing how many more things there are to do besides tv computers movies and phones! Its like eating at the dining room table 12 hours at a time. You talk and get to know each other again. It's a lovely thing to do.

Thanks for sharing!

Love the Decor! said...

Definitely food for thought!!! We did this also when the kids we little. At that time we didn't own a computer but we disconnected the cable for the summer. It was amazing how much more family time we had and how many more walks and talks there were!!

Sunny Sue said...

OK, OK. We will commit to one day... this summer. Maybe next summer we can work up to a few more. :-)

Nuheila said...

What a great idea!I should try this with my kids but also for myself,i'm addicted to internet :(
Thanks for sharing this with us.
Hope you have a wonderful day!


Unknown said...

great idea. that'd be hard for me.

Unknown said...

What a great idea! I am so signing up for this. Now that my daughter has friends in the neighborhood it will not be hard to get her to go along.

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Two Little Tots said...

we soooo need to do the same thing. it is the computer for me...i am on it all the time i feel like...when i should be sewing, like now!

Lindsay Thomas said...

Have you been eavesdropping on my conversations for the past week? Did you hear me say that the first thing I do when I get home from work is plop my butt down on the couch to watch tv and then only get up to go to bed ... or eat of course?! This is AMAZING! Thank you for this! I am definitely participating!

Jennifer said...

We do this a bit differently at our house. No media before 1:00 pm every day and Sundays none at all. The kids use their imaginations and play outside all morning. When it gets too hot to be enjoyable anymore I don't mind when they turn the TV on. I love it.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for your comment today on my blog. Your Unplug It Day is intriguing to me. I tend to not sweat the electronic thing in our house and have found that we don't over-use -- I'm not sure if that's because we're not big users to begin with or because I don't make a big deal out of it when my boys do use their PSPs, etc. Anyway, I think what an "unplugged" day offers is what's important and the concerted effort of getting to gether to do a craft, to cook, or play board games, hike or whatever sounds good. I think I might be sold!

Lenetta said...

I clicked over via Amy's Finer Things - not sure if I'm quite ready to take the plunge but I sure have been inspired to stay off as much as I can! I linked to this on my weekly roundup - thanks for sharing!

Lisa Clarke said...

This is so tempting! My 7-year-old would plug himself into the wii all day long, if I let him.

I'm afraid, though, that it's going to be harder on me than it is on them!

I'm going to seriously consider it though... School is finally ending this week, and it's a good time for new adventures :-)