Today was the start of our elementary school’s annual “Turn of the TV” week. This year, they have extended the turn-off time to include ALL screen time. You heard me. I’m talking no computers, video games, or phones. Not an easy task for any family. Especially ours.
Guess how long our family lasted?
And guess who was the first to not even realize she was breaking the screen-time rule?
As parents, we are supposed to set the example this week and not use screens either. I’m not a big TV watcher so when it was “Turn Off The TV Week,” I had no problem at all. This morning, before my kids went to school, I told them it was “No Screen Time” week. And then I remembered that tonight was the BIG game. Michigan versus Louisville in the NCAA Championship. It’s not that I’m a basketball junkie, but both my husband and I went to The University of Michigan and we are huge fans. Of course we were not going to miss watching this game. So, I said this to my kids this morning:
“Guys, it’s “No Screen Time” Week starting today after school, but we’ll make the exception for the Michigan game tonight, okay?”
“We don’t have to do the no-screens if we don’t want to,” Little Dude protested.
“Oh yes you do. C’mon, let’s try it. It will be fun. You’ll go outside and play. Remember what that’s like?” I replied.
Little Dude sulked the whole way to school.
When I picked him up, we walked home because it was such a beautiful day. When we walked in the door, I reminded him about no screens and he promised he wouldn’t run straight to the computer or the TV. He pulled out a bunch of grapes from the refrigerator and sat at the kitchen table.
A few seconds later, I pulled my iPad mini out of my purse and you got it, started checking emails.
I glanced over at Little Dude to see if he noticed that I had already screwed up, but I was safe.
His head was down, focused on an app he was using on my iPhone.
We’re hopeless. But, I promised myself that we’d try again tomorrow.
In the meantime, I’ve got a game to watch tonight.