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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Electronic-free Saturday Challenge!

This past Saturday, Henry and I declared an electronics-free day. At first we didn't know what to do with ourselves. Deviating from the usual routine of TV, computer, video games and more TV was not easy for us nerds.

Our first clue that it was time to get out, was the dog standing at the door with his leash in his mouth… Walk? Walk. Walk! Walk!! We took the hint and went out for a long hike, taking turns lifting 5 pound weights and picking flowers.

On the way back from our hike Henry asked if we could stop at our elderly widower neighbors house "in case she was lonely." He stuck his fistful of flowers at Mrs. D when she answered the door and she started to cry. So he hugged her and we stayed to visit for a long time. I am sure he would have rather been home playing Guitar Hero for the Wii but he decided to stay and visit so she wouldn't be sad. After that we baked bread, and cleaned the house. Henry helped.

Then he read Calvin and Hobbes before milking the cows and going to bed. Just kidding about the cows, I was seeing if you were still paying attention. Anyway. I highly recommend it.
CHALLENGE: Do a completely electronics free day with your kids and report back on how it went.

5 comments:

Amy said...

You must be raising a very nice boy!!! This was so nice to read, as your neighbor must have been so thrilled for the company.

I think I just might shut our t.v. off for the day tomorrow. Does the internet count? lol

Thanks for you kind comments!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Wow, that's quite a concept. I'm thinking it might be quite the hard sell for my 13, 15 & 17 year-olds.

Cheri said...

Was it an electric oven? Did he vacuum with an electronic vacuum cleaner?

Trish, this is a good idea. I think it's different with girls, or at least Laura. She'd be cool with it. I'd jump off the roof . . . and try to land in the neighbors yard, sneak into their back door, and use their computer before the cops came to arrest me for B&E.

just jamie said...

Oh, Cheri you beat me to it with the vacuum comment.

Good thinking. The kids are watching TV, and I'm blogging. Today, we already failed. I'll truly try tomorrow (like I'm going to try and stop drinking wine...). :)

Trish said...

Dear Readers,
I didn't say go back to the STONE ages, I just said to shut off the elecTRONICS. Not the elecTRICITY.

The camera I used is technically an elecTRONIC I suppose but that was necessary so I could blog with evidence, when the death sentence errr, challenge was over.