Random musings and activities of a 30 something mom, potential sprint triathlete, vegetarian, dog and cat owner, and a evolving urban homesteader just trying to do the right thing in life for my daughter and the world around us. If the blog seems random, it's because life is and hits us all at 100mph.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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We used to have a habit in our house that somehow we slid away from.  It wasn't that we just stopped cold one day, but you know how it is.  Let's skip this tonight, there's too much homework.  Or there's laundry to do.

or Mama is mentally exhausted, so I make up a lame excuse and let her watch iCarly

You know how these things go. One thing leads to another and before you know it, you're out of the habit.  I'm not talking about my gym habit (although that could apply), but our board game tradition.

It used to be every night after dinner, we'd play a game.  Or a puzzle.  But it was something, just the two of us, no tv, no music, just us on the floor playing a game with no mercy.

hint to parents of young children.  try Candyland. it's really random who will win and you don't have to "let" them win .

This week is both Turn off the TV week (aka Digital Detox week) and Earth Week.

As I was thinking how I actually miss this tradition in our home, it also has applications to the themes of this week.

No only are Board Games an alternative to sitting around the tv, but it's greener too. And it's frugal.  Instead of heading out the door, driving somewhere and spending money, you have that time at home using things you already possess.

Maybe taking things back to a simple entertainment where it's about laughs and interactions, rather than zoning out is the next step on our 2010 goal of simplifying and detoxing our household.

can anyone share how to save up the mental energy to match hers at 730pm?

And maybe we can't do it everynight, but if nothing else, we can designate one night a week for this and start from there.  Why not schedule in this time the same way we do yoga, girl scouts, and swimming?

It starts today. What about you? Can you give up the TV one night for a family board game?



giraffy said...

I love this. We already do mostly no TV nights (before kidlets go to bed), but we do fall into a habit of watching movies, or running errands, or computer time, or... etc etc etc.

Hm. Now I have to think about this. What can we give up? It always seems like every.single.thing is SO super important, and the world might just fall to pieces without absolutely everything :).

Food for thought!

JustJen said...

I don't know how you do it with 3 plus hubby!!! It already seems like everything is so important and I have just the one. Homework, playtime, eating this or eating that. I'll admit, that the majority of the reason we don't watch TV on school days is that by time we get home at 5:45 and do all the "have-tos", it's too late.

I just think stepping back and maybe a little game-time might slow the pace a little. Hopefully.

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