2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 11:16
Screens, whether on our cell phones, tablets, computers or televisions, they are everywhere! How can we get away from it to better connect…with our family?
Playing outside, enjoying the presence of everyone, discovering new parks, attending festivals, picnicking by a lake, picking strawberries…there are many outdoor summer activities! And they all make for family fun. To take the time to be together. We can also do nothing…together. We too often forget that being bored is he althy!
When we get off our screens, we learn to discover a slower pace where we are not constantly bombarded with information, images and videos. To do this, we must be able to accept not being on the lookout for everything that is happening in the lives of all of our contacts on social networks (this is called: FOMO (fear of missing out). Yes, we can ask our children to stay away from their electronic toys, but if we can't give them the model to do so, they won't. If we ourselves have our eyes fixed on our screen while relaxing outside with the family, during thestrawberry picking or a picnic by the water, our children will do the same. Also, when we are on our phone, we miss a lot of things around us. When we can simply be THERE for real in the little moments of everyday life – which matter so much.
No screen at all?
Watch a show, a documentary, a family movie, why not? We can discuss, ask each other questions, comment on our viewing (and thus optimize the content!).
Why not go to the cinema or the cinema?
We make life difficult for screens by "demonizing" them. However, these little (or big) gadgets are very practical and are not all bad.
Perhaps we can challenge ourselves to reduce our time spent in front of screens, for example.
Because time is the most precious thing. And very personally, I realize that I dedicate too much of my precious time to a screen. When I could do so many other things!
When I'm not in front of a screen, I…
- Rest my eyes
- Have time to read
- Install the small shelves in the entrance (project that has been dragging on for ages!)
- Listen to the sounds of nature
- I feel more grounded
- Comparing myself less to others on social media (it's good for my self-esteem and my mental he alth!)…
Further away from our screens, we allow ourselves to spend quality time, yes, but quantity with family, whichis not always possible during the school year when our child is not with us from Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We create memories together that we will remember in 10, 15 years and in addition, we take the time to weave and deepen our bonds with those we love.
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