What Would You Do Without Screen Machines

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By Melissa Ford

Coach - Personal & Business

TV Tune Out and Tune IN to Community is a great opportunity to shut off your screen machines and reconnect with your community!  How would life be enhanced if you reduced your family's use of tvs, computers, video games, cell phones? 

A few years ago (when this event was called National TV Turn Off Week), River Forest kids were asked, “What did you and your family do when you turned off your tv?”  Some of their responses are below. Do any of these ideas inspire you?      

  • Played catch with Dad
  • Walked the dog
  • Told stories and read books
  • Visited relatives
  • Made jewelry
  • Read more books
  • Painted the sidewalk
  • Made cookies
  • Looked for birds
  • Picked weeds
  • Sang in church
  • Listened to music
  • Ate ice cream
  • Got an allergy shot
  • Baked cream puffs
  • Entertained a priest (My personal favorite!)

Have you ever had your kids turn off their screen machines?  What was their experience? Have you ever turned off your cell phone or computer for a day, half-a-day, an hour?  

Tune Out TV and Tune In To Community is coming soon (April 3rd - 17th).  Try turning off your screens and becoming involved in your community.  

For more information and recommendations of screen-free activities in our tri-communities visit:  www.tvtuneoutweek.wordpress.com

Email: melissa@empoweredcoachingsolutions.com

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Susan Lucci from River Forest  

Posted: March 1st, 2011 7:29 PM

We never tune into TV, but are excited about this week as a new exciting feature is being added - a Homework Free night on April 13. No doubt, we will be out in the park playing catch, tossing the football around or having a picnic supper (weather cooperating). Join us!

Ellen Cutter  

Posted: March 1st, 2011 6:07 PM

This is great - and I love the picture! I always did TV turn off with my kids through the schools, and as an adult I still find it very valuable to "tune out" - especially after a long winter, when there's been some "creep" in the time spent watching.

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