Not surprisingly, today’s average child spends entirely way too much time in front of screens: television, computer, video games, etc.
A mother I was recently speaking with told me that she was surprised how much time her children were spending in front of the television. She went on to reminisce about her childhood where she would be gone from morning until night, exploring and going on adventures and couldn’t understand why her children weren’t excited to engage in these same activities.
Unfortunately, as technology has progressed, so too have these bad habits. Just a few decades ago, many families only had one television in their home and were lucky to get just a few channels. Today, there are so many choices (especially with technological advances in video gaming and computers), it has made it hard for children to understand anything but technology.
It is up to us to encourage our children to embrace healthy living away from screens. I challenge your family to turn off screens for a week (or if you must, at least a day). Take this time to spend quality family time together: go on a hike, play a board game, go on an adventure. Whatever your family does, teach your child to be adventurous and teach them that there is more to life than televisions and computers.