I know that we are not the only parents who feel like they are constantly battling between creating quality family time together with phone screen time. After speaking to some of my other fellow parent friends I have found that it has become increasingly common for people to feel like they are constantly connected to their phone and the rest of the world through social media and internet.
This constant connection can be a HUGE distraction and can really make it difficult for families to truly spend quality time together.
Now, there are many approaches that families can take when it comes to building quality family time together. What worked for us and what we are excited to share with you is our #NoPhoneZone Challenge!
What is the No Phone Zone Challenge?
The no phone zone challenge is basically an area in your home where being on a phone is NOT allowed, at all, EVER (aside from real emergencies, of course.) For example, your family could designate the dinner table as their #NoPhoneZone, where everyone is expected to put their phones away during meal times. Our no phone zone was our kitchen and family room area.
A lot of the times we think that when we are on our phone we can also be present with our family, when in reality we are not. Our no phone zone challenge concept is simple, if you want to be on your phone, you have to leave the no phone zone, that way you AND the family are fully aware that you are not present.
Why does the No Phone Zone Challenge create Quality Family Time?
This family challenge that we created has truly been the only screen time success we have had! We believe it creates a more focused and present atmosphere during our family meals, movie times and overall it encourages conversation and connection.
Tips On Getting Your Family On Board with the No Phone Zone Challenge
Communicate With Your Family
Part of building a strong foundation to create quality family time is healthy communication. Make sure to talk with your family about why you want to take away phones and how it will benefit everyone. Explain the benefits of having quality time together and how it can strengthen family bonds.
Set Clear Expectations
Make sure that when you present this to your family, you have all the designated areas and rules planned out. You might also want to allow the family to vote together on where they think should be the no phone zone. By the end of your family meeting, you want to make sure you have clear rules and expectations that the entire family agrees on.
Offer Alternative Activities
Have a variety of activities and hobbies available for your family to do together during phone-free times. This can help make the transition to being without phones easier and more enjoyable. If you haven’t checked out some our fun chore challenges, you should check out our TikTok!
It’s important to be flexible and open to adjusting the rules as needed. If something isn’t working, be willing to make changes and find a solution that works for your family.
Lead By Example
If you want your family to disconnect from their phones and build quality family time together, it’s important to model this behavior yourself. Put your own phone away and show your family that it’s possible to have a good time without being constantly connected.
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Overall Benefits to the #NoPhoneZone Challenge
Taking away phones from your family can be a powerful way to create more quality time together. It can help families disconnect from the outside world and focus on each other, strengthening their bonds and deepening their connections. While it may be a difficult adjustment at first, the long-term benefits for families can be well worth the effort.
Let us know in the comments below if you are joining our #NoPhoneZone Challenge!
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