Look, I will never pretend that screens don’t make parenting easier.
I honestly don’t know if I could’ve been a parent 15 years ago when there wasn’t a device that I could just switch on to an episode of Bluey so that I can have the luxury of doing a wee without someone either sitting on my lap or banging on the door demanding to be let in.
But even though I have a deep gratitude for screens, like everything, balance is key. When things get a little, well... imbalanced, my kids' behaviour is impacted.
There is honestly nothing worse than the cry of a 7-year-old whose once-a-week video game session time is up, or the whimper of a 2-year-old who has watched his episode of Playschool and is now being told to turn off the TV.
It’s also pretty hard for them to take their parents' stern cries of "that’s enough screen time" seriously when we are constantly eyes-down flicking our way through Instagram or devouring the latest controversy on Twitter.
With this in mind, my husband and I have been instigating some new screen-free activities in our household and the response from all of us has actually been really positive.
It seems that we love taking the time to switch off to connect and engage with each other, expand our brains and learn some new skills.
So here is my list of 8 skill-building screen-free family activities that will have the whole family happily forgetting screens… for a while at least.
1. Get the board games out!
There are so many cool new board games with really interesting premises to them and are a great way to encourage learning. We have three on rotation at the moment.