Screen Free Weekends

Screen Free Tuesday – Im not feeling It!

Good morning everyone.

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I have been sat here about an hour now

I have no inspiration to write.

Not about this topic anyways!

I really thought this linky would encourage me to live more screen conscious.

I truth we are living much more screen free as I engage in the children’s play more and we don’t have tv on in the background as much.

I have banned screens on school mornings so that we are all less distracted!

In the evenings I have stopped I pads at least an hour before bed time!

You know what I do feel a lot better

My next challenge is for me to not pick up my phone as soon as I wake.

So in a way this linky has worked a little.

But I’m just not feeling it anymore.

I feel panicked about giving you guys a good post then end up waffling like I’m doing now!

So I think I will be putting the linky to rest!

I gave it a go.

I am going to use the time to concentrate more on my youtube channel & other blog posts

Thanks for listening to my waffle

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Screen Free Weekends

Screen Free Tuesday (27.09.16) #Linky

Screen Free Bedtime!

Hello My name is Nina and I have an addiction – My iPhone

It’s the last thing I look at before I go to sleep and the first thing I look at when I wake up!

I have tried to give it up but hubby works away a lot and when he’s not working away he leaves early in a morning before my eyes are open normally  so I like to send him a message to let him know I love him and hope he has a good day!

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Excuses Excuses!

So reasons why screens are not good at bedtime –

  • Screen time can limit sleep time – How many times have you been online and when you look up an hour or more has passed without you realising?
  • Screens emit Blue lights wich can stop melatonin from being produced – Melatonin is what makes us have a good nights sleep!
  • Being engaged in a screen activity can excite you – Your brain meaning even when you eventually put down the device your then to stimulated to fall asleep.

So with all this in mind what can we do to avoid the screen and get a better nights sleep?

  •  Switch off an hour or more before bed!
  • Put your device out of reach.
  • Use an alarm clock instead of your phone to wake you.
  • Try reading an actual book rather than a kindle at bedtime
  • Create a doubting for bed soon that routine will be come a habit – but a better one than picking up that device.
  • For children. – read a book with them. Or tell them a story. Sing a calming song, tell each other the good things about the day.

I hope you have found this post useful.

Is there anything you do at night that Stops you picking up the device?

Don’t forget to leave a comment and join in with the Linky


So New linky rules

  • Link up a blog post of your choice either how you have had screen free time over the past week, tips for screen free time or activities to do during screen free time.
  • Link will be live 8am Tuesday – 8pm the following Monday
  • Posts should be your own work.
  • Only one post per person please.
  • It’s only fair that we share the linky love by commenting on at least two other posts.
  • I will feature one blogger each week in my post so unplug those cables & let’s have some screen free time.

Share your posts on Twitter or Instagram using the #screenfreetuesdays  @readyforacuppa I will try to comment & retweet each one

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Screen Free Weekends

Screen Free Tuesday – Activities

Today I wanted to share 5 activities to do instead of screen time!

Your trying to cook dinner the kids keep begging for the TV on but you’re trying hard not to give in to the screen.

It’s sometimes hard to entertain the kids while your making dinner or folding laundry but here are some activities you could set up instead of reaching for the electronic baby sitter!

  1. Play Doh, – I don’t know about yours but mine kids love play doh. Stamping dinosaurs in it,  molding it and cutting it, making faces with it, pretending its dinner! It doesn’t have to be expensive you can make up your own using one of the numerous recipes online.

  2. Colouring books – These are great not too messy and it keeps mine quiet for a while.

  3. Get them helping – M loves to help out doing chores so I sometimes set her to work matching socks or loading things into the washer. She even has her own iron & Ironing board.

  4. Board Games, You don’t always have to take part in games if you have more than one child they could play together.

  5. Create a fort – fill it with cushions, blankets, books why not even make a camp fire where they can pretend to toast marshmallows and cook sausages!

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These are just a few Ideas.

There are loads of things you could do together – Get outside is a big one!

Do you have any Ideas for screen free activities? have you posted about your screen free time last week?

Join in with Ready For A Cuppa’s Screen Free Tuesday Linky

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So New linky rules

  • Link up a blog post of your choice either how you have had screen free time over the past week, tips for screen free time or activities to do during screen free time.
  • Link will be live 8am Tuesday – 8pm the following Monday
  • Posts should be your own work.
  • Only one post per person please.
  • It’s only fair that we share the linky love by commenting on at least two other posts.
  • I will feature one blogger each week in my post so unplug those cables & let’s have some screen free time.

Share your posts on Twitter or Instagram using the #screenfreetuesdays  @readyforacuppa I will try to comment & retweet each one

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Next week I will be back with another Screen free Linky

Screen Free Weekends

Screen Free Tuesday #linky

Good Morning,

Welcome to my updated screen free linky

Ok so a month has gone by and I have to say I’ve struggled with trying to dedicate weekends as screen free!

I have however found ways to cut down screen free time throughout the week!

The kids have started full-time  back to school now and that means we have a brand new routine.

The past week I have cut out tv before J & Ms bedtime instead they are having half an hour tv or tablet time when they get in from school while I prepare dinner.

Then once its dinner time that’s it. We don’t have screens in a morning either.

So at a weekend we let them have tablet time in a morning while we try to have a little lie in.

 


So New linky rules

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  • Link up a blog post of your choice either how you have had screen free time over the past week, tips for screen free time or activities to do during screen free time.
  • Link will be live 8am Tuesday – 8pm the following Monday
  • Posts should be your own work.
  • Only one post per person please.
  • It’s only fair that we share the linky love by commenting on at least two other posts.
  • I will feature one blogger each week in my post so unplug those cables & let’s have some screen free time.

Share your posts on Twitter or Instagram using the #screenfreetuesdays  @readyforacuppa I will try to comment & retweet each one

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Health & Wellbeing, Screen Free Weekends, Wellbeing

Screen Free Weekends- Crochet

Hi all,

I mentioned in my Fitness Friday post that  I missed last weeks post due as I was lone parenting and it I had a busy week, I do have a plan for scheduling so that i don’t miss weeks when “life happens”

Anyway back to Screen Free

Last weekend as hubby was away i still struggled with screen free all day – In fact the kids woke up and I let them have their tablets for a while!

However I have cut down screen time throughout the week –

I have replaced nighttime googling & Instagram surfing with a new hobby

I bought some wool and and a crochet hook and I tried my hand at crochet again!

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I’m not great at it and the bit I’ve done as a wonky edge – But my plan is to have a blanket for winter

Though it has stopped me from picking up my phone as much at night!

So back to the weekend! 

After we had put down the tablets we headed out for breakfast! then off to grandmas and did a bit of blackberrying.

Sunday Daddy was home and we just had a lazy day.

Check out next week to see how we get on with the next Screen Free Weekend!

What did you get up  to over the weekend? have you wrote a Screen Free Post on your blog

Link up down below and be sure to use the #screenfreeweekends

So linky rules
Each Monday evening I will post how we were screen free over the weekend

  • Linky will be live from Monday evening to Friday morning.
  • Posts should be your own work.
  • Only one post per person please.
  • It’s only fair that we share the linky love by commenting on at least two other posts.
  • I will feature one blogger each week in my post so unplug those cables & let’s have some screen free time.

Share your posts on Twitter or Instagram using the #screenfreeweekends @readyforacuppa I will try to comment & retweet each one

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Screen Free Weekends, Tips, Wellbeing

Screen Free Weekend – Splash Park Fun #Linky

Good morning everyone.
It’s Monday. And time for Screen Free Linky
So this weekend was not so good in the giving up screens. Hubby went easy Saturday and I like to check his journey.
On Sunday morning the kids woke and wanted their tablets. So while I looked up somewhere to go for the day they watched YouTube!
After we had got up and dressed however the screens went off. We had breakfast and spent the day at the park.

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I did check on hubby via Text message but for the most of the day we were screen free.
In the evening we had dinner at Nanny’s and then home to bed. Where we watched a little tv. And after the kids had gone to sleep I txt chatted with Hubby.
So not a total fail. However. I vow to do better in the coming weeks!
Watch this space

 

Here are a few reasons why screen free time is important.

  • Screen time can be linked to childhood obesity. – The more time you spend online the less time you spend outside playing and exercising.
  • Screens at bedtime and in the couple of hours before bed has been proven to disrupt sleep patterns. Not just in children bug in adults too.
  • Childhood Psychological problems such as emotional issues, hyperactivity and social skills are more likely to occur in those who have more than 2 hours screen time a day.
  • If you are immersed in screen life you are almost cutting yourself off from “real life. – living in the moment.
  • More Screen time means less time connecting with people in the real world.

 

So with these reasons in mind I will try harder next week.
How did you get on?
Have you blogged about it?
Leave your Linky here.

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So linky rules
Each Monday evening I will post how we were screen free over the weekend

  • Linky will be live from Monday evening to Friday morning.
  • Posts should be your own work.
  • Only one post per person please.
  • It’s only fair that we share the linky love by commenting on at least two other posts.
  • I will feature one blogger each week in my post so unplug those cables & let’s have some screen free time.

Share your posts on Twitter or Instagram using the #screenfreeweekends @readyforacuppa I will try to comment & retweet each one

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Screen Free Weekends

Screen Free Weekends – New Linky

 

A couple of weeks ago my family and I stayed at Finca de arrieta In Lanzarote.

While we were there I shut down my phone and any form of tech, Other than my camera – I’m a blogger after all, I can’t very well not take pictures.

It was great spending the weekend “offline” I was able to connect better with my children, I wasn’t bothered by news, and I was able to take in the beautiful surroundings.

It seems we have become a society or even a world where having a phone or tablet in our hands is the norm. From sitting at home to passing time on a flight even while we are walking down the street Think Pokémon Go.

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It’s not just the younger generation that is screen obsessed either – both my mum who can’t go half an hour with out her phone and my In-laws who’s house rules used to be no screens while you’re visiting – otherwise what’s the point of visiting. It’s a different story now however with candy crush being the game we play as a family replacing the old favorites like monopoly & snakes & ladders.

My mother in-law it seems has even started catching Pokémon

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I am also screen obsessed Maybe even as far as addicted. I am often telling the children ‘just one more min while I scroll down my Instagram feed or message friends.

In a bid to gain back some control over the screens and give myself that feeling I had back at Finca de Arrieta, I am launching screen free weekends.

I know if I say no screens over the whole weekend we are bound to fail. So my plan is to limit our screen time throughout the weekend.

So linky rules

  • Each Monday evening I will post how we were screen free over the weekend
  • Linky will be live from Monday evening to Friday morning.
  • Posts should be your own work.
  • Only one post per person please.
  • It’s only fair that we share the linky love by commenting on at least two other posts.
  • I will feature one blogger each week in my post so unplug those cables & let’s have some screen free time!

Click below to insert your link!

Share your posts on Twitter or Instagram using the #screenfreeweekends @readyforacuppa I will try and comment & retweet each one!

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