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Screen free week – 101 things to do

I came across this disturbing statistic from and it really got me thinking about how important it is to learn to turn off the TV:

What would you do with an extra 32 hours in your week? Plant a garden? Visit a friend? Take a walk? Read a book? Make play dough? You could do all of those things and still have time to ride a bike and help your mom with a chore.  The average preschool child spends 32 hours per week in front of a screen. 32 hours! On a related note, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported earlier this month that about 50% of all preschoolers are not taken outside to play each day by their parents.

This week I have found myself wondering what to do if I am not going to watch TV. Here is a fun list of ideas to help get you thinking outside of the TV box. Click here to download your own copy.

If you enjoy watching TV, or if you have simply just fallen into the habit of watching TV, it can be a hard behavior to change. And it is so important for our mental, social and physical health to get off the couch and live life.


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