Summer break is here, the kids are home, the iPads are charging, but what if you decided to UNPLUG this summer? With Fortnite and YouTube taking over the home, it’s easy to let the kids sit for hours on end, but what if you had other activities in mind? Educated Nannies is here to help you get creative with the kids this summer with some tips on how to unplug.
Be a Role Model
First things first, this goes for parents (and nannies too). Set a time each day to check your phones, rather than constantly being glued to them. Be a good role model and set the example for your children. They are always listening and watching.
Create Device Free Spaces
Create device free spaces, like the dinner table or the family room and use these moments to have conversations with the kids. Ask open-ended questions and make it into a fun game to learn more about their day. For example you could ask, “What is one thing that made you smile today?”
Explore and find adventure
Kids were born unplugged, so let them return to that. Create a scavenger hunt in your backyard, at a local hiking trail or at a park. Make a list together of items to find, write out clues, and start exploring your neighborhood.
Sometimes there is nothing better than a family game night. Break out those board games that don’t require technology like Candy Land, Monopoly, Sorry or Scrabble, and get your competition on.
Back to books
Put down those Kindles and iPads and pick up a good ol’ paper book. Start reading a chapter book as a family and keep going each night. Try books like “Charlotte’s Web,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “James and the Giant Peach,” or something on the summer reading list.
We understand that eliminating technology devices altogether is pretty much impossible. We suggest setting a daily limit or a certain time frame, so that your child’s screen time remains in check. This will give them a sense of independence and control, and will also give you peace of mind that your child isn’t glued to a screen.
We hope you have a wonderful summer and we can’t wait to hear about all your unplugged adventures!