On the Seventh Day…
Set a Media-Free Tech-Sabbath to Revitalise Your Family Life
Ever heard the expression “crazy-busy?” Lots of people use it these days to describe those frantic periods of time when we see more of the interior of the car than the inside of our house.
Crazy-busy is when we know we need to visit a sick relative, but the constant demand of errands, taxi-time, and paperwork prevent it.
Crazy-busy is characterised by a buzzing mind that wards off sleep, the sheepish 'hellos' when it's time to say good-bye, and the frayed feeling when once again those tyranical urgencies usurp the precious moments with our spouse.
Crazy-busy for our kids looks a little different. It's an incessant digital stream of social slush, music and video clips, and blipping screens. Its constant thrum dulls senses and wearies minds.
The answer to the crazy-busyness of this era is age-old. Millennia ago, Wisdom decreed a day of rest. Time to cease striving, to reflect, bond, and cherish. The Sabbath was made for mankind to enjoy to the full.
A Tech-Sabbath is an established day of rest from all digital media: TV, iPods, and computers are set aside. Yes, even the ubiquitous smart phone is silenced. Family interaction comes to the fore. It's time to restore the soul and the body and an opportunity to invest in one another.
How to Make the Most of a Tech-Sabbath
- Mark it on the calendar and give everyone advance notice.
- Substitute media with something memorable and fun.
- Involve the kids by asking for and incorporating their ideas.
- Extra points if the activity of the Tech-Sabbath involves movement, sunlight, and nature!
- Collect some non-digital souvenirs from the day. (Seashells or pebbles, menus, ticket stubs, drawings…)