I didn’t write a lot on this blog lately. First of all, because I realized that I did spend way too much time on the computer. I’m seriously working on my time management and am cutting the time down at the computer for many reasons. Reading and writing on the computer for many hours a day is not healthy. The neck and back suffer and the eyes get pretty tired too.
I really enjoy reading and writing every day, but now that the Summer seems to finally start here in the Netherlands, I really don’t want to spend more than 3 hours a day in front of the screen. I had to remind myself what I did write in an earlier post about screen time for children. And I really need to do the same too. So I set the clock and realized that 3 hours were nothing. I could hardly read all the posts on the blogs I follow and leave a few comments. I usually read two to three newspapers per day (that would be another hour). Not to mention all the emails, the organizing of all the school events (I’m classmum in my children’s classes and parent’s representative for a yeargroup, i.e. for 60 children (and families)) and social contacts of our whole family. And then there are the language lessons I have to prepare and some other articles I have to write. – I really enjoy doing all this, but I didn’t realize how time consuming all this became in the last months.
Therefore I decided to reduce my screen time. I will try to be as productive as possible, but I also need to get out, do sports, spend time with my children.
I’m working from home, so it’s always very tempting to sit at the comupter even when the children are home and play or read. But I shouldn’t. As parents we are role models for our children. Not only for the small ones, but also our teenagers copy our behaviour. Especially the one concerning the use of electronic devices. So, the new rule in our family is: not more than 30 minutes for the children (per day; except homeworks, as they often have to search informations on the internet for this…) and for mum 3 hours for work and max. 1 hour for “fun”.
Today I enjoyed the sun, did some work in the garden, we all went for a bike ride and I had my screen-fun-time already. Therefore I wish you all a relaxed off-screen evening. Tot gauw.
- Screen time worse than sedentary time for children, study suggests (local-news.jtn-network.com)
- Children turn away from books in favour of reading electronically (independent.co.uk)
- Children turn away from books in favour of reading electronically (schoolsimprovement.net)