Tracy Lamperti takes no credit for Screen-Free Week. The following information is posted solely for the purpose of educating the public about this very important initiative.
Screen-Free Week 2013
Screen-Free Week is an annual event in which parents, children, teachers, and others across the country turn off screen media (TV, video games, computers, cell phones, etc.) and celebrate the magic of being
SAVE THE DATE: April 29- May 5, 2013
It came to me recently that I, along with much of the rest of the population have been living in the mindset that parents are just so busy and overburdened with responsibilities that we just have to do the best we can to function each day and even each moment. We have to be as creative as we can in fitting everything in that is required to meet the needs of our families and children.
Let’s face it. Parents today are tired. Not that parents of yesterday weren’t tired. Today we have many, many screens to “take us away,” even momentarily from all of our busy running around. What did our
parents and grandparents use as an escape, before the days when each of us had high-speed, world-wide access in our pockets and purses?
Why does it seem so much easier for our children to pick up their hand-held device or game controller than to play “store” with their dolls, or “cops and robbers”with their friends?
It is true that valuable skills can be attained through “gaming.”
It is true that the internet holds a vast ocean of information.
It is true that some of these reality shows are very captivating.
It is true that you deserve a break, Mom (and Dad).
It is true that other countries are running ahead of us technologically.
It is true that when our people apply for a job they ask, “How many hours do I HAVE to work?” while young people in other countries are asking, “How many hours CAN I work?”
It is true that “screen-time” is NOT effectively, or at all, mitigating anxiety, stress or depression.
How do we achieve happiness? Peace? Confidence? Success?
How do we impart these ideals in our children?
ONE WAY…take a look at your;
1. Time Suck – where is your“down-time?” You have no time? Are you sure? What is sucking your time away?
2. Time Quality – what is the quality of your “get-away time?” Is what you are doing to relax, or get away, helping you? Do you feel recharged after spending 20 minutes on Facebook? After an episode of Survivor, are you ready to conquer the next task in the reality of your own life?
What would happen if you were to take a 48 hour break from all of your screens? What would happen if you
were to take a 7 day break from your screens?
I would like to invite you all to participate in Screen-Free week, April 29th– May 5th.
As a warm-up, I encourage you to choose one 48 hour period between now and April 29th to disconnect your screens.
I know that I am not the only one who does business with a screen. In this case, I ask you to take an honest look at your screen pattern and set some guidelines for yourself. To be successful, you will need to write down these guidelines, post them and follow them.
Please post here or on any of my contact sites to let me know that you will participate in the warm-up.
You pick the date. I would like to hear how it went; what was hard; what was enlightening; how your loved ones responded; the creative things that filled the place of the screen-time.
Establish a thriving family in your home! The alternative is a family full of symptoms, in which case, call me for an appointment.
By Tracy Lamperti,
Psychotherapist, Educator, Consultant
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Tracy Lamperti, LMHC, BCETS
Psychotherapist, Educator, Consultant
Cape Cod Moms