Remember July? Oh sweet July. It was so ripe with possibilities then and now it’s gone for another year. Time passes so quickly. That’s one reason we decided to do the Tech Timeout Challenge from Life Insurance Provider Foresters. If you missed that post you can get caught up here. Basically they challenged us to experience scheduled time together without devices for one hour a day for a week. I signed on.
Did we survive? Did we rise to the challenge? Well….we didn’t do anything particularly epic during that hour of tech free time each day. We didn’t climb mountains or change the world but we did take 60 extra minutes each day to focus on things outside the glowing boxes we all love so much.
Here’s what we did:
July 1st – We went to an outdoor Canada Day celebration in town and had a picnic dinner. It was SO hot that day but it was nice to be outside with the rest of our community.
July 2nd – We went shopping. It doesn’t sound exciting but my kids love to go out to Cross Iron Mills and see the ‘water falls’ and the Disney store and eat in the food court and the whole mall experience. It was a nice day.
July 3rd – We did crafts together and completed an activity from Kiwi Crate.
July 4th – We went out for a family lunch at a restaurant.
July 5th – This one doesn’t really count as ‘no tech’ because my Husband took our daughter to the movies and Nate and I had some quiet one on one time. Still each kid got some focused attention from a parent and that counts for something.
July 6th – We drove out to Airdrie, hit up Nathan’s Hot Dogs, got stuck in a crazy freak hail storm and just generally puttered around.
Reviewing things like this tells us we ate out too much in July! But I did enjoy our experience and I’d like to do it again. Once we’re settled into a fall routine and I can see how our tech use changes I’ll instigate another ‘time out week.’ My daughter LOVED doing this. Each day at bedtime we got out a day timer and journaled what we did and talked about what we were going to do the next day. Just that one experience with her of planning our time together was invaluable. It taught me a lot about who she is and what she values and I won’t ever be able to express how important that is to me. Thanks Foresters for challenging our family to put down the tech!
This post was generously sponsored by life insurance provider Foresters, but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit www.techtimeout.com.