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Close a Screen, Open the World -Part One

on January 26, 2013

One of our family goals this year is to turn screens off more often. Television screens, computer screens, I-Touch screens, hand-held game screens. All these screens make me scream! Hee, hee. Here I am typing this blog, staring at my computer screen.

I love email, blogging, and typing my words on a forgiving computer instead of a typewriter that leads me to endless
torrents of correction fluid. I devour a good movie and let it nourish me for days. Screens are part of my life.
But we need a balanced diet of activity.

While I seek the screen/non-screen balance in my life, I search for the balance in my children’s lives as well. When we turn off the screens, we see the world, we hear the voices coming from real humans present with us. We can hear our own voice. Or maybe we can be still long enough to listen until we can hear our inner voice once again.

I came upon a book recently that fits into this screen-closing experience. I browsed through it as I sat in the serenity
of our local library. The book is called: Unbored by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen

Unbored is jam-packed with all kinds of ways for kids and families to get busy doing, creating, and learning.
I can’t recommend every activity in the book, but there is a lot of great stuff. It’s so full that it is hard to know where to begin. A few examples of the contents are: “Make a Kumihimo Braid”, “Circus Tricks”, Popsicle Stick Harmonica”, “Backyard Forts and Shelters”, and “Make a Secret Book Safe.” Unbored gives bunches of fun facts as well, broken up into easy to read bites.

My screen time is just about up. It’s time to pack up the kids and head to the bookstore. I hope you and yours enjoy your screen time. Then close the screen. Open up the world.

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2 responses to “Close a Screen, Open the World -Part One

  1. So very encouraging and wonderful. We attempt to take weeks off at a time from all screens. This past week was one of them until the stomach bug hit our family. The screens have been on almost non-stop since then while mom works on cleaning and re-cleaning all the messes. I’m very much looking forward to them disappearing again so I can enjoy the beauty of my children’s eyes looking into mine instead. Thank you for sharing this book!

  2. Sometimes we don’t realize how much artificial stimulation we are subjected to until we remove ourselves from it. A day in nature is the best remedy for me. I don’t even turn on my phone when I’m out in the woods. It is renewing and energizing. Thanks for reminding us of this important and healing aspect of life…to connect physically with each other and the natural world.

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