Less Screens, More Greens Summer Challenge
Do you smell that lemony spritz that is in the air?
Beyonce isn't the only one bringing out the lemonade this summer - this mama is.
Our first summer with my daughter home brings excitement and the endless possibilities we can create for our family time together. This spring I have been praying over our first summer home with Eden. Since I am a high school teacher, my summer days will be spent with my daughter and I want to savor every minute of this time together.
I only get to do 6 years old one time, ya'll. I only get to do our first summer together - once.
I don't know about you but I don't want my child(ren) to grow up thinking "checking social media" is a healthy morning routine. I don't want to teach her my phone is more important that the people in front of me. PLEASE, GOD, DON'T LET ME. Subtly showing her by my own choices that somehow looking at pictures is better than living life right here where we are.
I made a challenge for myself and our family this summer: LESS SCREENS, MORE GREENS.
- Make a list of activities you want to complete with your family this summer that are outside or helpful to the community.
- Limit screen time to 30 minutes a day. You can adjust to what fits well for your child or home, but we are striving to do only 30 minutes.
- Take pictures of the activities and document your adventures to prove life is better lived OFF screen.
That's it. Come on, you know you want to try it.
Helpful APPS: Quality Time - an app to help you monitor how much time you spend on social media sites or app usuages.
OUR LESS SCREENS, MORE GREENS SUMMER CHALLENGE LIST:
Go to the beach
Take a walk on the boardwalk
Build a sandcastle
Go to North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro
Catch fireflies in mason jars at night
Shop local at the Farmer's Market every Saturday
Eat at food trucks Thursday
Read a great lit classic in the hammock
Go on a picnic in the park
Go biking on Black Water Creek Trail
Get a swim membership
Write a song with music and lyrics
Go camping (as much as possible)
Take a hike
Build a telescope to see the stars
Read our summer reading list
Host friends over with a bonfire
Have Eden and her friends meet Elsa
Sign up for a class to take together
Camp in our backyard
Go on a date with Isaac (just the two of us!)
Plant a rose bush in our front yard
Plant a tree in the front yard
Wash the car in the driveway
Make homemade cookies for a neighborhood family
Go horseback riding
Take care of our garden
Go the the library once a week for new books and attend their reading days.
Finish teaching Eden to read.
- GO TWO DAYS WITHOUT A PHONE (MOMMY!)
Have a lemonade stand
Do a service project for the community (Eden's choice)
Go to Lynchburg Splash Park
Volunteer at the Lynchburg Humane Society
Write a short story (Eden & mommy)
Read about each fifty states and what makes them unique.
(Ask Eden which one she would maybe want to live in one day and pray she says California)
Make a movie
Visit the poetry house of Anne Spencer
Read up on my favorite authors and their upbringings (Mommy)
Write a summer pen pal
Make homemade Popsicles
Visit a farm (cOMPLETED mAY 22ND, 2016)
Pick strawberries from Yoder's farm.
Make homemade strawberry jam.
Leave room in the day for creativity
We did our first on the list by visiting our friend's farm. Let me just say now I have goat fever. Is that a thing? I am going to make it a thing.
First one off the list: Visiting a farm.
It was so fun, maybe we will do it twice. :)
Okay, who is with me? Comment below.
Or tell me fun things to do in our area? Let me hear youuu.