Has anyone seen the blog, Unplugged Sunday? It is a collaborative effort of multiple writers, all on the theme of "unplugging" from electronics and media for one day each week--Sunday.
Ever since I stumbled upon the blog a few months ago, I have been thinking about trying it with our family. I have, in the past, implemented entire weeks with no electronics, and I always loved doing this--I loved the peace and quiet, the time to do more crafts and even cleaning, the artwork the children produced. But unfortunately, I don't think my family would appreciate it very much if I regularly said "no tv this week." Rather to my chagrin, my children really enjoy video games and DVDs. I limit the amount they can play/watch, but I still often feel that they stare at a screen more often than is healthy. I also don't like the fights that video games often seem to produce among them.
So I thought one day a week without technology might be nice. I spoke to Chris about the idea, and he was immediately on board--a gesture which I really appreciated, since he enjoys online games himself! And so this Sunday was our first Unplugged Sunday.
So all day yesterday, the computer and the television were off limits. I even unplugged them so they wouldn't get "accidentally" turned on. Yes, there were a few minor grumbles, but overall we had a lovely family day. We had a relaxed pancake breakfast; lots of reading happened; we made a baking soda and vinegar volcano, much to the delight of all; the children played outside for hours; and perhaps most importantly, the house had a very quiet, peaceful feeling all day. I think Unplugged Sunday will become a regular tradition in our family. For future Sundays, I would like to plan more specific activities to do as a family, such as board game tournaments, nature walks, and holiday crafts.
If anyone else is intrigued by the idea of Unplugged Sundays, here is a list of posts for those just getting started. :)