Time is precious – I think it’s fair to say that we should probably all make a little more effort to spend time with the people who are important to us. It’s so tempting after a hard day at work or at school, when we feel completely ‘peopled-out’ to seek out precious isolation on an evening or at the weekend, even though we know we probably shouldn’t!
The scenes in our house are echoed across the country, and indeed the world: the four of us can quite easily spend three or four hours in the same lounge on an evening, barely uttering a word to each other. One of the kids will be on the Xbox, the other on her tablet whilst I pass the time on my phone and my partner gets some work done on the laptop. Embarrassingly, it’s often considered a ‘family evening’ if we all settle down to watch a DVD together.
Well, no more! We are making a real effort to spend some quality time together, and that means putting anything with a screen off to one side for an hour or two and making a real effort to enjoy one another’s company. And we have asked members of our review team to join in too and try putting the gadgets away a couple of times a week to see how they get on. We have been trying out a range of boardgames, tabletop games and jigsaws, as well as crafts, science kits and baking sets to see if we can reconnect with good old fashioned family time and conversation.
With the summer more or less behind us, Autumn well on the way and the clocks changing next month, we will be spending more and more time indoors and the draw of screens and gadgets will only increase. So why not check out the reviews in our Screen Free Family Time feature and see if anything piques your interest and see if you can find a way to say “no” to the gadgets and “yes” to real human interaction!
Keep checking back as more reviews are being added all the time