Our first true test of this whole media minimization came quickly. The second day of March was on a Saturday. It was the first Saturday in ages we had NOTHING planed.
Not a birthday party, baby shower, or a single thing on the agenda. It was FREEZING outside and we are sticking to 7 hours TOTAL of any screen time at all per WEEK. (click here for why)
Sooooo what’s a family to do?
We got creative. We went swimming under the dome at the local park, we did puzzles and went for ice cream after dinner.
I was worried the kids would rebel against the whole idea but they kind of like it. The great thing about kids is their ability to go with the flow. When the screen time is up, it’s up. And it’s time to get creative.
For me, I have had a hard time justifying what is “work” and legitimate internet time and what isn’t. So the rule obeyer in me (she’s very small but still there) decided to give up instagram and any status updates (facebook or twitter) for the month as well. Those are much more of a sacrifice for me (I miss you instagram) but in sacrifice we grow BIG time.
You know how many people have missed my updates? Let me count…..Hmmm…..ZERO. Not only can I live without social media, it can also get along just fine without me.
Bryan is limiting TV and other media as well. We have MANY more conversations in the evening without computers or TV’s to compete with. This whole experiment is way more tolerable together. We hold each other accountable too.
But it’s not all happy puzzle time and ice cream either . Media is not all bad. Here are the cons I have experienced:
1) Status updates are kinda handy. Anybody know how to fix a fridge? And if you had to pick one would you choose a trampoline or swing set for your backyard?
(updates I have wanted to post lately)
2) I don’t take near as many pictures. I never realized it but I was taking pictures mostly for social media purposes. Please humor me and tell me how cute this little collage is of Ava at the mall the other day. She was dancing in front of the mirror.
At the end of the day this teeny tiny, hardly mentionable “sacrifice” helps remind me of the millions of people who have so much less than me.
Everyday, several times a day, when I stop myself from thumbing through my phone, I am reminded of HOW MUCH we have. We are blessed beyond measure. If limiting media can help remind me to enjoy the HERE and now, be present, and become less distracted…then I am all for it.