18 Ways to Unplug as a Family

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A sleeping bag for a phone? It might sound silly, but this idea is making the rounds as a fun solution to a common family problem: Family time is being squeezed out for screen time. And, while kids are spending an astonishing 9 hours a day on electronic media, parents often need reminders as well to put the shiny devices down and engage with our families and surroundings.

National Day of Unplugging, March 3 – 4 (sundown to sundown), is an idea whose time has come. Participants are encouraged to take the pledge to unplug and then continue some of their good habits of mindfulness and connectedness throughout the year. And to help you, cell phone sleeping bags are available in all Parents Place offices, while supplies last.

family in bed reading

Here are 18 other fun ways to unplug:

While the cell phones are resting, have a living-room camp out in your own sleeping bags

Rediscover the magic of storytelling

Interview family members about their favorite colors, animals, seasons, sports, and the like

Have a flashlight shadow-puppet show

Start a jigsaw puzzle

Play card or board games from your childhood

Make a paper boat and sail it in a bathtub or creek

Make a bird feeder for the local birds

Walk or bike to a park for a game of tag

Draw or write in a journal

Read out loud

Visit a farmers market

Start a garden

Make a meal together

Be a citizen scientist and help researchers at home

Locate a constellation in the night sky

Make your own bubble solution and blow bubbles

Add your favorite idea here! What have you been wanting to try?

 

Read more ways to monitor technology from Parents Place.

Read more ways to connect as a family from Parents Place.

Happy National Day of Unplugging!

 

Susan Sachs Lipman (Suz) is the author of Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World, which contains 300+ activities for family fun and grew out of her blog, Slow Family Online. Slow Parenting and the book were named a 2012 Top 10 Parenting Trend by TIME Magazine. Suz has written for the New York Times’ Motherlode blog, the Christian Science Monitor’s Modern Parenthood blog, and many others. She is the Social Media Director for JFCS and Parents Place.


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on February 28, 2017

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