For our first #DoIn52 prompt, we’re starting out with a big one! (So really, no easing your way into this. Sorry.) However, this is one we heard (in some form) from many of our prime parents, so I know we’re all feeling like we don’t spend enough quality time.
Ok, this is going to be painful for all of us, but we want you to pick one afternoon or evening a week (yes, every week!) and totally unplug–turn off the phones, the laptops, the iPods, the tablets and everything else that we all do while sitting together at the dinner table or in the car and not talking or interacting with each other.
At our house we have a weird schedule of business travel and homeschooling and my sporadic work schedule, so this will be tough for us, too. However, I’m pledging that our family’s “unplugged night” will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Friday. This is our “pizza night,” so we will have dinner (without TV) and then spend time playing family board games. (We love board games, so this will be good for us.)
Yes, this idea will probably be met with some groans–especially if you have teens or preteens. However, make it a family event where everyone gives input into what they want to do for this time and it will go a lot better. Before your designated evening, have everyone write five or ten ideas on slips of paper, fold them up and place them in a basket or jar. Then, each week, a new person chooses an activity out of the jar for Unplugged Night.
Need some ideas to get started?
1. Watch a family movie. Sure, this isn’t really “unplugged,” but when is the last time that you made a big bowl of popcorn and enjoyed a family movie without someone texting through it? Don’t be afraid to throw some old-school favorites from your childhood in there like the original Freaky Friday or Benji.
2. Cook together. Make part of your unplugged night cooking together. Making individual family pizzas is a great way to get everyone involved and cooking allows lots of time for talking.
3. Play a board game. We love games at our house, so this won’t be a big stretch for us. Even if you don’t enjoy board games, try it out! We love Pictureka,I Spy Eagle Eye, and Where Is Sock Monkey Board Game?.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be the entire afternoon or evening! Carving out a few dedicated and scheduled (same day/time each week!) unplugged hours each week will do wonders to get your quality family time back on track.
What do you think? Will you be making this #DoIn52 change with your family? We’d love to hear your ideas for Unplugged Night.