Digital screens and the television can be a helpful tool for busy parents, allowing us a quiet respite and some time to accomplish adult tasks during the day. We can also use TV to help our kids learn (educational programs), move (yoga or exercise videos), and be inspired (watching music, art, sports, and other special programs).
Too often, however, life in front of the TV becomes the norm. By age five, many children are used to watching their favourite shows or movies daily. Use the lazy weekend to take a step away from the TV and explore more of real life.
Three Ideas for a TV-Free Weekend
Let’s take a break from the screens and enjoy living life together as a family. Your five-year-old is likely to jump on board with the thought of fun activities or a new adventure, so you probably won’t have much trouble convincing them of the idea of a TV-free weekend. If they object, however, hold strong. By the end of the weekend, they might just want TV-free time every weekend.
Get creative this weekend and plan a full bedroom makeover. By age five, many children have grown out of the baby stage and might be ready to enjoy a change in their personal space. Switch up the layout, create an art zone or car track, find new decorations, or refresh the bedding. If you’re ready for a real change, go all in and paint.
Explore Your City
No matter how long you’ve lived in your city, there are always areas that we leave unexplored. Use the weekend to go to a new part of town, try a new park or playground, eat at a new restaurant, or visit the tourist sights you always pass up. If you are currently social distancing, consider walking around your neighbourhood or watching videos about the history of your town.
Go Back in Time
Make a whole theme out of the TV-free weekend and pretend to go back in time! Teach children about how their great-grandparents lived, or go even farther back! Use candles instead of lights, barbecue, read, and make forts.
Written by Kaitlan D.
As well as a writer with a passion for education, Kaitlan works in a wellness practice, working with mothers, mothers-to-be and hopeful mothers.
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