September 18, 2012

School Holidays!

As they always seem to the school holidays put a back burner on almost everything. 
They also seem to show me every. single. time. just how much time I don't spend with my children, ever!

I mean, I am always here with them, I am available if they need me. 
But I don't really make the time to interact with them.
I am the kind of parent who sits back and ignores them encourages their independence!
That is, I leave them to their own devices and supply them with things, as they ask for them.

Essentially, that gives them space to explore and discover who they really are, well, it is supposed too right?

So what happens when all your children do is sit in front of a screen? 
Well I sit in front of one too!

We had a weekend away at the beach(ish) last weekend.  No screens allowed.. well aside from the phones, and the TV in the shack we stayed at!

The children had no access to any thing computery... yes it is a word... at least, it is now!!!

They did however have access to a bunch of other children to play with, so that tends to help heaps in the 'Occupy Yourself' stakes! Also with the other adults around, I was able to have a break and time out from the kids, although I probably relied on others too much!

So the point of this post seems a little lost. 
Although I believe in the way I am bringing up my children, I feel like there is some connection missing and too much 'screen time' and the task of breaking the not so fabulous routine we have going is a daunting one, that I am not sure I want to take on.  Is it better to change things and go through the massive upheaval it will bring to my children?  They tend to throw small tantrums when screens are taken away!
Or do I leave them to do what they want to and spend time trying to encourage other play?  They currently like to leave the screens from time to time and do role play games, usually about the shows and/or games they have been watching/playing.  Is that enough?
I know it wasn't what I did when I was a child, but when I was a child the world was a different place!  Embracing the differences is something I feel needs to happen as well.  I wasn't raised the same way my parents were, and my children in turn will not be raised the same way I was, because every generation is different.

Do I trust that my children will self regulate their screen time? 
I believe that as the weather gets nicer they will increase their outside play and in turn decrease the screen time.

On a whole new topic, the weekend away provided much needed time away from everything.  I got quite a bit of #operationMOVE time in. (check the side bar for more info).
Problem is I am losing count of what I have recorded because I am not writing it down anywhere and forget what I have already added to my total!

So lets see if I can work it out here.. adding my totals from the weekend.
30 minutes for Saturday
45 minutes for Sunday
and Yesterday's 30 minute treadmill and 30 minute bush work..

That takes me to 300 minutes! Half way there! only a few days late!  YAY!!

And to top off all that MOVEment, there were Dolphins at the beach... I saw them a few times as they made their way up the coast line, and managed to catch the very tip of some dorsal fins in a photo, after my phone didn't want to take photo's the way I wanted and the video option wouldn't take video for longer than 4 seconds... I will share that and some more pics tomorrow!

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