Screen Free Spring Break - 03/12/14

      I know 75% of you have a smartphone.  That's what they told us in a consulting seminar I sat in on today.  I know the majority of you watch TV while also surfing your smartphone.  Did you know there's a name for people like you?  They taught us today that you're called "two screeners."  They even taught us about "four screeners."  Talk about ambidextrous--- these folks can watch tv, text on their smartphone, work on their laptop and surf Facebook on their tablet simultaneously. 
      I know we can't put the genie back in the bottle, but my family WILL for 9 straight days for Spring Break.  We're disconnecting to reconnect... with each other. No smartphones, no TV, no Ipads.  We're going to play with each other instead of our devices.  What a concept.
      In our house, we do this many weekends anyway and our kids are screen free most days during the school week while at home.  We're screen free at the lake during the summer (mostly because there is no wifi or TV.. heaven on Earth.)  
     Last weekend we were screen free and oh the joy that swept over us all.  The kids went outside, built a fort with blankets over the swingset, then made arrows out of sticks for a bow and arrow, they found rocks for the slingshot and kept an eye out for the bad guys.  Oh, the days of old.  They had a look of sheer satisfaction on their faces as they fell asleep having used up a nice dose of kid creativity that afternoon.  It is truly satisfying.
       Screen free is healthy.  Our screens are helpful, vital to our jobs and vital to education in many cases.  However, these screens have their place and sometimes we just need to remember to put them back there.

 

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CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady isn't losing any sleep -- at least not when the fire alarm goes off. The New England Q-B says he didn't hear an alarm sounding for the second time in three nights at the team hotel. Brady adds that he slept through the false alarm yesterday morning. The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa says the alarm was caused by a stairwell smoke head and was being investigated. There was another false alarm at the hotel on the team's first night there. The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday night.

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PUPPY BOWL-KITTIE BOWL

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