At the start of last week, Jesse and I instituted a new rule of no screen time for the rest of summer. Bekah and Scott had a max of two hours per day in the summer and we were still ok with that amount of time, it was just the attitude that had developed in regard to it that we didn't like. They both were expecting screen time instead of treating as a privilege. They were whiny and sometimes disrespectful when it came time to turn off the ipad. So that was the end of that. Jesse and I figured it was just good practice for the school year when screen time is limited to weekends.
I was amazed at how well the first week went. I heard only a few complaints and those came about when we asked how it was going, they weren't foremost in their minds. I was also amazed at all the things they came up with to do that they hadn't bothered thinking up before.
Of course there's old standbys, such as reading.
And board games.
And good old fashioned blocks. The construction of Sesame Street for Alarik's figurines kept Bekah and Scott quite busy one evening.
And they really impressed us and got creative with the grocery sacks after helping haul in groceries over the weekend.
And if you get too bored, there's always zipping yourself up in a sleeping bag and careening down the steep, carpeted stairs.