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Do you have kids between the ages of 8 to 18, who are often plugged into some type of electronic? I do. I have four kids that fall into that age range and it’s amazing the amount of time they can spend plugged in. In fact, according to an article on WebMD, a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that kids spend about 7 and a half hours plugged into some type of electronic device each day! All this time on media devices can take a toll on family time, which is why it’s important to keep dinnertime an electronic free zone and an effort is made to create unplugged activities for the kids.
I’m not going to lie. It isn’t easy to get my kids to the dinner table and my calls to eat dinner often fall on deaf ears. I’m in a constant battle with their electronic toys, but I’ve found a secret – it’s food! One of the best ways for me to get my kids to unplug is to serve one of their favorite foods for dinner, TONY’S® Pizza.
If you have teens, especially boys, there are four sure things – they sleep a lot, they’re always hungry, it costs a small fortune to feed them, and pizza is always on the list of favorite foods. Thankfully, while shopping at Walmart, I found the new 30% larger Tony’s Pizzeria Style pizza that was perfect for my kids’ massive appetite.
I like the fact that Tony’s pizza offers an authentic pizzeria crust that is topped with real cheese and uses Italian-style herbs in the sauce. Plus, the price is so affordable that I was able to pick up three pizzas to satisfy everyone’s taste for around $10! Nothing seems to get my kids rushing to the dinner table faster than pizza, a fresh salad, and watermelon.
Now that the kids were all together at the dinner table, we had a chance to talk about their media device usage. I already limit their weekday usage, but I found that they needed help thinking of activities to do together that didn’t include electronic devices. Since I don’t want them spending 7 hours a day glued to a device, we created a list of activities that would help them create family time memories together, while becoming less dependent on their high tech toys.
Ideas to get teens to unplug (and spend time together)
- Family Dinner. As teens get older and have their own schedules (sports & school), it’s important to have the family together for at least one meal each day. It gives them the opportunity to raise questions, have their concerns addresses, unwind, and learn how to carry on a person-to-person conversation.
- Mini Iron Chef challenge. Think of things your kids like to eat and have them recreate it in their own way. My kids decided to have a S’mores challenge to see who can ramp up the normal S’mores with additional ingredients. I’ll be posting their creations later this week on my Instagram and you can help vote for the best S’mores creation. Don’t like S’mores? How about creating the best candied apple challenge?
- Backyard Camping. Each summer, we have a small camp out in our backyard where the kids gather around the camp fire, drink hot cocoa, and just have fun.
- Craft Night. Find a craft that interests your child and have a craft night. For my boys it would be anything to do with paracords (key chains and bracelets) and for my girls it would be anything with glass bottles or mason jars.
- Family Game Night. After dinner, play fun family games. Some of our family favorite games – Cranium, cards, Jenga, Monopoly, Scrabble, Hangman, and Blokus.
- Food eating challenge. Make eating dessert into a fun food eating contest. See who can finish eating a cup of Jell-O fastest through a straw or roll a dice to see how many bites of dessert you can eat, the winner being the first to finish.