i used to be a teacher.  well, technically i still am because i still have my degrees and license.  but, anyways, back when i was getting my degrees in college, i learned a whole heck of a lot about child development.  in particular, the negative effects technology can have on a child's body and brain when they are exposed to too much t.v. time, ipad time, xbox time, etc.

as of right now, studies show that children should have no more than 2 hrs of electronic time a day.  which can be hard for us moms.  because, when you still have dinner to make, dishes to clean, laundry to get and house full of mischievous children who are preventing you from getting these and many other things accomplished; the first thing you want to do is put them in front of the t.v. so you can actually get some stuff done.  and i wouldn't say i blamed you either!  i can't tell you how many times i have let my children spend way more time than they should on a smart device just so i could make a small dent in the day's projects.  sometimes we just got to do what we needs to be done so we can survive, right?  

now don't get me wrong, i don't do this all the time.  i really believe in the saying "moderation in all things".  and because of that, i do my best to incorporate health and balance into my children's lives on a daily basis.  which is why i love companies and individuals out there who create concepts and practices that us moms can use to better enhance and influence the crucial life phase of childhood. play unplugged is currently one of my favorites.  designed completely around the ideal of days gone by when screen time almost non-existent and children spent their days outside and participating in things that many children rarely do any more; this company has come up with a genius point system based strategy that motivates more hands on activities for children.

Here's how it works.

1) become a member of play unplugged. [you can do that HERE].

2) encourage your children to begin doing specific hands-on activities that they can collect  and ward point rated brag badges for on a lanyard they will get when you sign up.  

3) visit the website to see fun ways places in your local community that would be fun to visit and help your children earn more brag badges.

and that's it.  

a few weeks ago, i decided to try play unplugged out with gus and birdie, and they absolutely love it!  and i do too, because i'm not the only one coming up with all ideas any more when it comes to the hands-on activities for my kids.  so it's a total win-win!

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  1. I love this post, Michelle! My kids call me the juice nazi and the ipad/tv/phone nazi. :D