The Internet has fast become our best friend. It is something we tell our secrets to, stay up late at night with and contact every day.
The Internet has made a positive impact on our lives and allowed us to communicate more quickly and across invisible borders. However, before we bow to the Gods of technology, we all need to consider how much we want the Internet to infiltrate our lives.
Time in front of the computer, iPad or iPhone screen is time away from face-to-face interaction and good ol’ fresh air.
Most of us love that the Internet can help with homework and research, give us an easy way to pay our bills, contact our overseas relatives and even find the nearest Toys-R-Us because we need to find a Barbie STAT for the six year old birthday party your daughter is invited to that completely slipped your mind.
We want all these great things from the World Wide Web, but for many of us it is difficult to find a balance between online and offline.
Here’s some ideas for unplugging the family for a few moments a day and increase face-to-face time.
Snakes and ladders – Keep the games offline but still going and see if you can have some laughs over a few board games. Charades, Pictionary, Uno or Trivia, it’s all fun and it’s good for keeping the brain active and healthy.
Family of cooks – It’s in to the kitchen for a cooking lesson! You could make a fun dessert together, go out shopping for the ingredients and enjoy the results after dinner.
Reading – Buy everyone in your family a book or visit the library. Cosy up in the family room and have a group reading session.
To the park – Now it’s staying a little lighter for a little longer each night, we have a bit more time for the out doors. An afternoon at the park could be a great way to get some fresh air and help the kids burn off a bit of energy.
Group Activities – Encourage your kids to get involved in a sports group, take up an instrument, singing or dancing. These outside of school activities will keep your kids alert and introduce them to new skills.
Day trips – Plan ahead and take the kids on day trips! Getting out of the house to the beach, the zoo, a friends place or even the museum can loosen things up! It can be good to get out for a few hours and teach the kids that there’s a lot to see out there.
Can you think of any other great unplugged family activities? If so, share them here!
Julie McKenna – NIYPAA Director
Julie’s involvement with the Performing Arts covers a wide field of expertise. As a classroom teacher she fostered her passion of singing and ensemble groups with her students and continues this aspect with the students of the Australian Youth Choir and Australian Youth Dance Theatre. An extensive career in opera, music theatre and choral groups has seen her perform in a variety of productions with Opera Australia, the Victoria State Opera, Melbourne Music Theatre and the Melbourne Chorale.
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