Spring Break Looks a Little Different!
It’s Spring break where we live, and you guys know, i love having Dex home with me, so we are enjoying it! We are heading out of town to Bryan’s family reunion at the end of the week, so we are taking it easy at the beginning of the week.
During school breaks in the past, Dex would watch lots of movies and TV. My rationale was that he works so hard at school that I want him to relax and just be at home. Over the last few months, we have noticed that Dex has been really attached to his movies and shows, and he would get super frustrated if he didn’t get to watch them. He is very dependent on routines, and TV was becoming too important to him, so I decided to do a little experiment.
I decided that we would have no TV/ Ipad/ Kindle for a whole week. He could have a movie on Saturday if we made it the whole week with no technology. Y’all, I thought I was going to give in by the second day. I mean, how am I supposed to cook dinner, or do laundry, or give Gus a bath? This did not sound like fun for me, but I was hoping it would be beneficial for Dex.
When Dex went to bed on Sunday night, we moved the TV to our bedroom. I thought it would be easier if he didn’t see it all the time. We put away the ipad and tablet.
It was not easy the first few days, there were many fits, whining, and pleading to watch something. But we persevered. Each day got easier and easier and by the end of the week, we were seeing huge changes. So many changes, in fact, We are going on week 3 with no tv.
He does get to watch a movie on Saturdays, and if we are in an situation like sitting at the doctor’s office for over and hour, he can play for a few minutes, but all in all, we have cut it out almost entirely.
I know this isn’t new for many people, but my boy does like to watch movies and it is truly something he enjoys.
I wanted to share a few things we have noticed with Dex during the no TV time:
Not as many battles to stop watching and go to the bathroom, go to the table for dinner, etc.
Having more conversations- this is HUGE for Dex
Mindless snacking has gone down
He wants to read or do homework
Imaginative play has gone through the roof
Attending to tasks and focusing more
He looks forward to watching a movie on Saturdays, but does not obsess over it throughout the week
Now let me be really really honest for a second- my productivity level has gone down significantly. I feel like my house is always messy, dinner isn’t ready at the same time each night, and by the time the kids are in bed the house looks like a tornado has gone through it- but it feels good knowing my son is doing so well without technology.
Just wanted to share what is working for us, I would love to hear how you guys use technology in your homes! And, I am not saying this is for everyone, or that this is what we will do forever, but it is working for now, and I always want to share what I have found that is working!
Until next time, friends!