We used to be a family of binge watchers.
We could binge watch for days.
But I was tired of watching my kids watch tv. And if the tv was off, my little ones threw a tantrum and my big kids complained, “I’m so bored; there’s nothing to do.” I would then give them a list of things they could do just to be told that those things are boring too.
So I took a stand for my family, and I began limiting our household screen time. And I am so thankful that I did!
Otherwise, how else could I get adorable photos like this? Okay, so I could have taken this picture before limited screen time, but it’s so cute that I had to share it!
We didn’t ALWAYS watch tv, but it was our go-to plan for everything entertainment.
So long television, hello reality! Here are a few things I have become thankful for since.
1. the silence leaves room for talking
Before we limited screen time in our home, the only voices I heard were actors and youtubers. Now it seems like my kids don’t ever stop talking. I will admit that a lot of the talking is teasing each other, but at least they are talking, and growing closer to each other because of it.
2. they learned to entertain themselves
Boredom is no more. Though it took them awhile to find things to do that they found entertaining, like magic, one day it just happened. If you’re debating on limiting screen time, but worried about listening to the dreaded boredom cry, give it a try. How long do you think it will take for your kids to use their -in my best Spongebob voice- imagination?
3. we spend more time outdoors
Although it is a teency bit pathetic, until recently, we spent all of our time indoors. Shutting down the screens and -pretty much- forcing my family outside has been the very best thing for us. I have not seen my kids more happy than when they are in nature. Which, in turn, makes me the happiest mama on the planet. <3
4. my children laugh more now than ever
You know what it’s like laughing at a video compared to laughing at an experience? A funny video can make you laugh, but a funny experience will have you laughing so hard that you’re in tears. Those are the best moments; the ones that create memories to laugh at for years to come. How could I go back now?
5. My husband and I have become closer
Instead of ignoring each other to watch our favorite shows, we are communicating about things that actually matter to us now; our kids, our marriage, our home, our plans, our hopes, our dreams, etc.. Our marriage is the foundation of our family, and if we can’t get it right…we can’t expect our kids to do so. We will lead by example, and pray for our children to grow in happiness.
I challenge you to give limited screen time a try.
Put down the remote and pick up the hearts of your loved ones. Because that is really what you are gaining here.. love, affection, appreciation, respect, and the list goes on.
Are you up for the challenge?