For those of you who decided to join us for the 3rd Annual Turnoff Week Blog Challenge, it’s time to “fess up” and tell us how it went!
~~OUR REPORT CARD~~
ME: For me the big challenge is always to get away from the computer. I didn’t do so well. I have just set up a non-profit Ebay account benefiting my children’s Montessori School and unfortunately listing items for auction takes a long time. I give myself an F.
MY OLDEST TWO KIDS: My children didn’t even know it was Turnoff Week. They played, read books, worked on art projects etc. Neither of my older two children ever asked for a video or a computer game, so I didn’t have to turn them down. They get an A+.
MY YOUNGEST CHILD: My 3 year-old daughter asked for nothing all week until Saturday. I let her watch one video on Saturday. On Sunday she wanted another. Before I could say anything, my 8 year-old girl said “I’ll take care of this Mom” and unplugged the TV (she obviously remembered the plot of Fix-It by David McPhail). She then said to her younger sister: “The TV isn’t working, see?” After my youngest had checked the TV and then confirmed with Mom and Dad that neither Mom nor Dad knew how to fix TVs, she went happily off into her kitchen to play.
It was deception, but it worked. She hasn’t asked for a video since!
She gets a B+ and I get another F for engaging in sneakiness – but it worked without a tantrum, so maybe I’ll raise my score on this one to a C.
ENCOURAGING NOTE: One thing I have observed with my children which might be encouraging to other parents, is that once they get over the first hump of reading fluency, they seem to have much less interest in videos and spend a great deal of their non-play time reading.
This was certainly true with my 8 year-old daughter when she became comfortable with independent reading, but she was never a huge video watcher to begin with.
It was far more remarkable with my 6 year-old son. He was always the one who would have been Mr. TV had I allowed it. In the past few months he has suddenly taken off with his reading and is rarely found without a chapter book in his hand. He honestly seems to have forgotten that the TV ever existed. My husband and I are absolutely astonished!
That was how it went for me, the good, the bad, and the ugly. So how did you do?
Remember, for everyone who signed up for the challenge beforehand, you will be entered in a random drawing for a $10 Amazon gift certificate if you write a final blog post about how your week went, and link to that blog post here. Please link before Wednesday, May 6th. May 6th is the day that I will draw a winner from among those who have completed the challenge by linking to their final post here.
For readers who have no blog but participated in Turnoff Week, please email me a summary of how it went for you and I will publish it here (without your full name or email address of course). I will then include you in the drawing too! Please be sure to send it before next Monday, May 4th so I have time to post it before the drawing on Wednesday. For more information about non-bloggers (including my email), please read here.
The more feedback we have from people, the more we can all learn. I would like to send a HUGE thank you to all who gave this a try! I look forward to learning from you!