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Screen-Free Activities - Social

Our take on screen-free activities is based on developmental psychology and overall good mental and physical health. Our research has led us to develop the SPOIL system. The SPOIL system guides you through the 5 most important activities you should engage in with your kids each day. S stands for Social.

I find parenting to be a great motivator for personal reflection and behavior change. By far the best way to raise a child who is capable, kind, just and self-aware is to be those things ourselves. When my child...
Each family must choose how to manage screens in their lives. There are a lot of good reasons to delay the introduction to screens as long as possible. But, families’ decisions are also impacted by their child care and...
We want to give you endless options for fun and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids. This article is a never-ending work-in-progress. We will add five unique screen-free activities here every week. We challenge you to do those five...
  As we’ve discussed previously, we value experiences over stuff. Because we are outdoor, active people with two little energetic kids, we visit our fair share of amusement parks. Amusement parks can be expensive and we are a pretty frugal...
The Screen-Free family has an upcoming 8 hour road trip and we are excited. This is the third post in a series of 3 articles about family road trips without screens. I suggest you start with Part 1: Screen-Free Road Tripping -...
This is the first in a series of 3 posts about road trips without screens. See Part 2: Screen-Free Road Trips: Entertainment at Kids’ Fingertips (Sans Swiping) for a rundown of post our must-pack entertainment items and visit Part 3: Screen-Free Road...
Screens are a door to consumer world. We are a rather frugal family so that's a door I would rather keep shut. We drive old cars, rarely eat out, and aim to be less consumeristic every single day. The...
It turns out that having a sibling may be good for lessening screen time. Research has shown that children with a sibling are at less risk for obesity and watch less television.  Having a sibling reduces obesity risk by over...
“The Waiting Place… for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to come, or a plane to go, or the mail to come, or the rain to go, or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow, or...
We have a tool to help you calm your child, and it’s not a screen.  Parents are using screens to calm their child down when they are upset or behaving badly.  We all know this because we see it...

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Screen Free Parenting is a counter-culture blog designed to support you wherever you are on the screen spectrum. Screen-free, screen-limiters or screen-embracers all deserve...

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