Turning Off and Tuning In
I hear people say that they can't find the time to do the things that they really want to do. We want to do things that are meaningful, yet we feel there are no spare minutes between housework, paperwork, work and homework. And when we do sit down with our families after an exhausting day, it is often in front of a television set.
According to the A.C. Nielsen Company, the average American watches more than four hours of television each day or 28 hours a week, equivalent to two months of nonstop television watching per year. In a 65-year life, that person will have spent nine years glued to the television.
I am am not a math genius, but it doesn't take much figuring to realize that all of us can easily find the time we have been looking for if we simply turn off the television and tune in to the people we love .
The truth is, when you turn the television off, you gain four more hours in your day. A day really seems like a day again. Without effort, there is plenty of time to do the things you want to do but just couldn't find the time before. And, most importantly, turning off the television is a gift to your children. You will have gained four hours to be with each other.
- play games
- do puzzles
- do craft activities
- take a walk
- ride bikes
- read a story out loud to the kids
- cook dinner together
- have a conversation
- be fully present
- listen to the radio
- give your full attention to others
- do yoga
- listen to music
Truth be told, you might get some push back if you just turn the television off. Instead, you can simply start to offer the kids some other things to do besides watching television. Your kids want to have fun, play, imagine, laugh, explore and discover new things, just like you do. They are hungry for time together, and within no time they will be loving the four hours each day they too have just been given.
Artful activities you can do with your children