Screen Time, Will Power, and Intentional Boredom

Field trips aren’t always obviously enjoyable. Adventures in parenting fall in this category. I try to keep these adventures in perspective by not taking them too seriously. I shoot for less If I don’t somehow find a way to correct this behavior he’ll end up jobless and alone! and more I’ll give it a shot, but he’s a good kid and he’ll work it out. I’m not always successful, but I try. This month’s not-so-obviously-enjoyable parenting field trip? Screen time. Ugh.

As our son gets older, the siren song of the screen gets stronger. Whether we’re talking tablet, television, computer, or video game, its pull is nearly impossible for him to resist. Left moderately unsupervised he will sit in front of a screen of one type or another for 9 hours and 18 minutes. We know this because a few weeks ago that’s exactly what happened. We won’t go into why he was moderately unsupervised. Let’s just spin it and call it an “experiment”.

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Embrace Winter: Wildlife Walk

Embrace Winter: Ways to thrive not just survive this winter

In my family, instead of fighting winter, we try to embrace it. We get out there and make the most of the season. This year, all winter long I’ll share ideas for short winter field trips to make the snow and cold a little more fun. My hope is we’ll convert a few of you as you read about our winter outings. 

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Eavesdropping on a Packer Game

Confession: I did not watch the Packers-Cowboy playoff game yesterday. When it’s a big game I just can’t handle it. I did listen in on the game from another room. Eavesdropping on my family watching the game always makes me smile. Like all good Packers fans, my husband and son really get into the game. It’s a high energy and high volume experience.

Eavesdropping on a Packer Game

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Embrace Winter: Free Little Libraries

 

Embrace Winter: Little Free Libraries

In my family, instead of fighting winter we try to embrace it. We get out there and make the most of the season. This year, all winter long I’ll share ideas for short winter field trips to make the snow and cold a little more fun. My hope is we’ll convert a few of you as you read about our winter outings.

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Embrace Winter: Ice Sliding

Embrace Winter: Ways to thrive not just survive this winter

In my family, instead of fighting winter we try to embrace it. We get out there and make the most of the season. This year, all winter long I’ll share ideas for short winter field trips to make the snow and cold a little more fun. My hope is we’ll convert a few of you as you read about our winter outings.

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