Tips for a technology free Easter

1. Set some internet boundaries. 
Be realistic and negotiate. Kids feel empowered when they have a choice so don’t railroad them into your rules. Negotiate acceptable use. And if you are having trouble with that take a look at  Kids Blocker– a great new Australian product to assist parents with setting internet boundaries.

2. Provide opportunities for doing other fun things during the technology free time.
Ask the kids what they would like to do (not screen related) and then go do it with them. Don’t just take them – get involved. There are so many things to do! Board games, cards, picnics, bike riding, lasertag,museums, go-karting, beach cricket, the Zoo, watch an Easter parade, bake, make stuff etc. etc.

3. Laugh. There is nothing like a good belly laugh to make you feel good. Download and print off a series of “Dad Jokes” and tell them. Have a tickle fest! Dress up in silly things etc etc. Or watch this 3 minute hysterical take on technology by Ronnie Corbett – yes I know it is a screen but well worth the laugh!

4.Limit your own screen time. Set the example! Your children will often not do what you say, but they will always do what you do! Use this time to have screen free meals together and enjoy the table conversation. Print off some conversation starters…here are just a few.

 

  • If you had just one wish, and it couldn’t be for more wishes, what would you wish for, and why?
  • If you couldn’t watch TV or go online for a month, how would you spend that time?
  • If you had $100 to spend to help people, how would you spend the money?
  • If you could be a famous person for a week, who would you be and why?

 

Enjoy your almost technology free break!