Unplug and Strengthen Relationship Bonds

Do you realize how much time you spend ‘plugged in’? Plugged into the television, the computer, the video games, the cell phone and other electronic gadgets alike.

If you are anything like my family then you are ‘plugged in’ quite a bit! Especially the kids. It’s a necessity, not a luxury in their book. Guilty as charged; we have a television in every room, stereos in 3 rooms, a phone in two rooms, 3 out of 4 have their own cell phone, 3 or 4 game systems in my son’s room, a computer in two rooms of the house and a electricity bill to prove it (and here I thought having a pager was such a luxury item to have as a teen)! *geesh*

Do you sincerely realize how much time is spent on these items? alot

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Well, being too plugged in is starting to become an issue in my family. At least it is for me. We are spending more time attached to the gadgets and less time as a family unit. It’s not working for me. I miss crafting with my daughter or hanging our with my son or spending time with my husband. Gadgets all have us doing our own thing. If I plan on simplifying my family’s life than that means stregthening my relationships bonds, too.

Simple way to do it: UNPLUG!

I hear the rambeling now: “unplug? how am I going to blog?” “but my favorite show is on!” “wait til later when my show is over” but I am playing an online game with my friend’s right now”

LOL!

But there is amazing outcome transcends from spending quality time unplugged from electronics. I have seen a few times before (sounds like an endangered species) when I have regrouped the family for quality time. Result: the kids laugh, they actually say things like “thank you” for the outing, and they tend to tell me they want to do it again. Go figure! 🙂

Should you think of Unplugging for a day, here are some things you can do with your day:

  • pack a lunch basket, throw down a blanket, and have a picnic
  • go visit a family member or friend in person instead of texting
  • put on the hiking boots to take a trek through some tranquil scenery
  • play some raquetball
  • go for a day at the lake or beach
  • find a free city event

Like I once said, “I realize that the true life I want to live is not about the items I can buy, but about the experiences I can create”

So, are you willing to try unplugging for a day? And what frugal, unplugged ideas do you have to share?

12 thoughts on “Unplug and Strengthen Relationship Bonds

  1. Professor Yaffle

    You are so right
    These gizmos are meant to enhance our lives but not take them over
    We would all dread being on a life support machine but this is not too far removed from that
    As the adage goes “All things in moderation”

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  2. sharon rose

    Hi there! We did this a couple of Saturdays ago and visited London by bus and walked from the East End to West End. It was such a fabulous day, with a pitstop for coffee and lunch. Not much spent, but a much needed family day out and loads to see in London!

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  3. Bee @ Contently

    I mean I tagged you.

    Also think you are so right. Sometimes it feels like you cannot miss that one TV show or really have to check Twitter, but it is so much better and so much more rewarding to spend time with the people you love. No TV show can beat that.

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  4. 444

    Thank you for your supportive comment on my blog. The numbers get so high that they just become mind-boggling at some point, don’t they? So that “twice as much” seems about the same. Twice of a lot is still a lot; half of a lot is still a lot.

    We tend to have all the gadgets in the living room. There are two additional TVs in bedrooms but they’re used for the few times that someone has friends over and doesn’t want three siblings climbing all over them.

    But we really do have days when we declare, “No more electronics!” It generally happens when the bickering over who gets to use the computer or over video games in any of their formats becomes excessive. And I will not stand for children wasting entire days gazing at games.

    I should apply the same to myself, though. When my internet has an unscheduled interruption, I’m lost – and very agitated.

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  5. Denise

    I unplug best by leaving the house. plugged in stuff is all over our house too. i frequently forget my cell phone while out which makes it all the better.

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  6. Sharon

    I’m thinking about “unplugging” cable for the summer. I’m thinking we can suspend our cable for a couple of months. That would be a nice savings, especially when all of our favorite shows have had their season finales!

    Love your ideas!

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  7. Emily

    Wow. You make an excellent point. My husband was just complaining about how much time I’ve been spending “plugged in” recently. Mostly because of school and my brand new blogs. Well, that and I’m a bit on the geeky side. This just compounded what he said and I get it now. Thanks!!

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  8. Suzie Savings

    I have seen people go into withdrawal from unplugging before! It takes them a few days to find their center again. I wonder if we are ALL suffering from internet addiction, and we just don’t know it.

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    1. Money Funk

      I totally believe that people go thru withdrawl symptoms from unplugging. When I try to unplug from my Blackberry or computer I’m constantly saying, “what now”. I don’t know what to do with myself. So, I try reading a new book, pick up a blanket I’ve been trying to crochet for ever… now I may go plant my garden. I really do think Internet can be an addiction.

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