Is your family addicted to cell phones, ipads, TV and more? Us too. Here's what we are doing to unplug, connect with each other, and get back to traditional family outing options.
Thank you to Ozery Bakery for sponsoring this post.
Ok, I admit it. We are totally addicted to technology. I often joke that we should be a cell phone company advertisement. We manage our calendars, I answer emails, lesson plan for work, even run our Instagram from my phone and computer. Now, I love technology. But lately, I've been feeling like something is missing. The whole, go play outside in the dirt and disconnect from the outside world experience that I had in my own childhood. When my mom or dad brought us to the park? They were present. There was no cell phone. They couldn't answer emails. They played with us. And honestly? I'm as guilty as anyone of “multitasking” while I'm with Lydia.
The older she gets, the more important it is for me to have one on one quality time with Lydia. And the busier we get, the harder it is to find that time. So here we are. And I finally hashed out a plan for some family outing options.
Once a week, Lydia and I are going on unplugging dates. What does that mean? No cell phones, no tv, no movies.
I let Lydia plan our first one, and it was a total blast! She picked the location (a picnic at one of our favorite parks) and even planned the snack menu. She's OBSESSED with Ozery Bakery's Snacking Rounds, and even toasted these and packed them into our picnic basket herself (so cute, right?). And my favorites? Their multigrain One Buns are perfect snacks on their own and delicious as sandwich bases. Maybe I should let her plan snack menus more often!
So our commitment from here on out? Once a week. No phones. No ipads. Playing outside, and letting Lydia actually get dirty (I was impressed because my little diva actually played in the dirt and loved seeing lizards). It's good for her, and good for me.
So my question……do you and your family do unplugged family outings? We need suggestions for more of them!