Take The Foresters Tech Timeout Challenge This Holiday Season
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foresters . All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.
What is Tech Timeout?
The Tech TimeoutTM challenge started by ForestersTM encourages families to take a daily break from technology. Participating families are encouraged to disconnect from all things electronic with the goal of helping spouses, parents and children build stronger bonds, communicate more personally and get more involved in each other’s lives.
I have to confess that our family is a bit tech crazy over here! We own every device under the sun… iPads, iPod, iPad minis, smartphones, Kindle, laptops, computers PS3, PS4, a smart TV… wow that just seems ridiculous once I started typing them all out and I haven’t even completed the list! The point of the matter is is that some days we are far too consumed by our technology. Some days I get so frustrated with my children and will lock their iPads up for the day and then proceed to inform them that they must play with actual toys, not virtual ones. This typically results in protests and I am immediately declared the meanest mother to have ever walked this planet. Totally worth it to me because in no time my children are on the floor, playing games, getting along and creating unforgettable memories. One afternoon my oldest two and I played a few rounds of “Sorry” and we had such a blast, I am ashamed to admit how long it had been since I had played a board game and it was so great to spend that time with them. One afternoon we dusted off the bikes and took them out from the garage. I strapped the baby in her stroller and we headed to the cul de sac for some bike riding. Such simple fun, good exercise, and plenty of the good old free fresh air for the lungs. Taking time away from technology sounds like an impossible option when you say it out loud, but once you actually do it… the freedom is amazing. Nothing to get in the way of you and that wonderful family of yours!
So are you up for the challenge? Do you contain the willpower to put down the devices and spend an entire hour just enjoying the company of your family? What ideas do you have to encourage your family to take this challenge. Take the one-week “Foresters Tech Timeout Challenge” (family avoids tech for one hour a day for one week and replaces the time connecting with each other) today, you will feel so great once you do!