Unplug for the Weekend

Do you ever feel like banging your head against the wall when your child tells you they are bored? After all, they have a dozen different toys, a television, multiple movies and plenty of things to do that should keep them busy as well as entertained. So how can they be bored?

Children Equate Isolation with Boredom

As a species, we are incredibly social. It’s unusual to find us all sitting off in our own corners of the house doing our various activities away from our family and the sounds you hear are more likely to be that of a keyboard, a television, a stereo or the dogs than it is to be of conversation and actual human interaction.

It’s important to recognize that our technology while fascinating and entertaining, takes away from that which we have done for thousands of years – interact with each other. So take the time to designate a day or days every month where the family unplugs. We like to unplug on at least one weekend day per week.

What do you do when you Unplug?

Well that’s the challenge. I’ve taught my daughter to play go-fish. We’ve read books together. We’ve drawn pictures together. We’ve gone out for a walk and a talk. We’ve spent time playing with the dogs in the backyard. The key to enjoying the time unplugged is to recognize that you aren’t isolated from each other – you are in it together and you are spending time together.

What would you like to do with your family on a weekend when you unplug?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.