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After a day or two of adjustments, Kay Jean says everyone in the family learned to appreciate the simple life. "I think the first day or two, it's a shock," Kay Jean says. "But we really have adjusted, and I think as long as you don't treat this as a punishment ... it really is a better life."

Now, Kay Jean says her children look forward to their walk to and from school. "They love it," she says. "It's just a great way for a natural flow of conversation and to connect with the neighbors."

They also enjoy evening activities that don't revolve around electronics. One night, Kay Jean says her children passed time by painting pictures and reading stories. "They had a wonderful time, and there was no bickering," she says. "It was just a lot of dialogue—all four of us talking. It was great."

Jon says he also sees a big difference. "It seems like the kids are less worried about things and spending time on the computer," he says. "At nighttime, we'll eat dinner together, and the kids, you know, they'll tell you about their day. ... You can actually start a conversation and help them with their homework. You have a better understanding of what's going on in their life."
FROM: Oprah's "What Can You Live Without?" Experiment
Published on March 02, 2009


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