7 ways to take a break from technology and spend time with your family

With spring upon us, it’s time to shake off the winter rust, open up those windows, and get outside with your family. We know you’ve been waiting months for this opportunity, after being cooped up inside as snow piled against your windows and frigid temperatures made you contemplate quitting your job and staying in bed forever.

But now’s the time to get outside, experience something new, spend time with your family, and most importantly, switch off your technology!

  1. #OptOutside: The best way to get away from technology is to get outdoors! Hiking with the family is a great way to bond with each other without having the distractions of a television or cell phone. To find a local hike near you, visit AllTrails.com.
  2. Get Active: If hiking isn’t an option, mini golfing, bowling, or going to a science/children’s museum that has interactive games will be fun for the entire family. To find a local museum, click here.
  3. Picnic: Slap together some sandwiches, grab a bag or two of chips from the store, and find a local park or wildlife area to enjoy the afternoon. Studies show that spending time in nature positively impacts your brain and mental health. “With everything going on in your family, a chance to step away from it all with those you love most will make a big difference.”
  4. Stone Age: Set a daily time in your house where all phones, tablets, and TVs are turned off and put into a specific place so there are no temptations. This will be especially useful when doing homework or to encourage reading and conversations about each other’s day.
  5. Game Day! Gather the family around for a day of board games or cards. Games are a great way to interact with the family, while still having fun and showing a little competitive spirit. There’s even some health benefits to it!
  6. Cook! Pull out an old family recipe or find one online and start chopping and dicing away. This is a great way to bond with your child while also helping them understand directions and how food is made. Depending on the meal, they might even find it fun to smash up ground beef for meatloaf or meatballs, roll out dough for a nice pie, or wash and chop produce for your favorite salad!
  7. Get to know your neighbors: Walking around your neighborhood has three benefits. The first is it gets you outside and moving around. The second is it allows you to meet those in your community and learn what they do. Knowing more about your neighborhood helps you identify nearby hazards and understand the people who live near you. The final benefit is it gives your child a chance to meet new friends or see where their school friends live.

Spending time with your family is such an amazing experience and one that should never be taken for granted. So this spring, put down the phone, turn off the TV, and enjoy some laughs with your family!