It's a new tradition in our house. (Can you call it a tradition after one time?)
It's so easy to get into an electronic rut in the wintertime. The kids fell into habit with the Wii, PCs, PS2 and TV. Tired of the daily battle over who's watching/playing what, I exercised my dictatorial powers and decreed Tuesdays to be Screen Free. Nothing with a screen is to be used on Tuesday. This covers gameboys, PCs, tvs and all game systems.
Now, what to do?
Ah, there's the rub.
Well, I happened to be recovering from a virus so I spent the day dabbling at my housework and resting (right after I remembered it was screen-free and pulled myself away from the PC.) I think I might have gotten more done than on days when I'm perfectly fine but "taking breaks" on the internet! When the kids got home, my youngest and I tried our hands at the new Battleship game.
It's really a little advanced for him, but he wanted to try. After an hour he decided it just wasn't for him. While I made dinner the boys played with action figures and cars. After dinner everyone played a few rounds of Triominoes before doing homework, having baths and heading to bed.
You should know I've been on a kids' games losing streak for ages now. I have never once won a round of Monopoly Junior against my five year old. No, I do not stack the odds in his favour.
Mousetrap against these guys (you really cannot cheat to lose in that, either!)
And in recent months, I haven't been able to beat my husband at a game of cards either! (Though I did break that streak in December.) Wouldn't you know that the first round of Triominoes was won by my five year old? Of course it was! He had no idea what he was doing, but he sure won! I did, however, win the second round. Luckily we weren't keeping score because the numbers might not have been in my favour.
The final verdict on screen-free Tuesday: it was enjoyed by all. The kids were already making plans for next Tuesday.
Now for that giveaway. Up for grabs to those who follow and comment on this post is one coupon good for $10 off a Hasbro, Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley and/or Cranium board game. The coupon is only good in Canada so this is a giveaway just for Canadians!
Winner will be selected and coupon mailed on Monday, February 1st, 2010. That will give the winner two months to use the coupon!