Kicking the Screens to the Curb


I could not take it anymore, and so we kicked the screens to the curb.

There was arguing, pleading, and begging for more screen time and new games, and the behavior that followed after the screens became part of our lives was driving us nuts.

That was in April. It is now November, and we don’t miss them at all.

So do the boys still ask about their Kindles or to play videogames? 


Occasionally, our TV consumption has decreased drastically, too. If they argue over what to watch, it goes off.

I am not a hater of screens (I actually secretly love them, shhh), but for my boys where they are in life, this is the best solution for our family, for NOW.

I wasn’t quite sure how this was going to go down over spring break when we went on a short trip just a few hours short hours away. The boys inquired as to what they would do, so we packed coloring supplies, small toys, and books, and our back seat looked like a dollar store exploded. We survived, and maybe actually thrived. A few weeks later, we went on an 8.5-hour adventure and after discussing that those screens were still on the curb, we set out with more goodies for the road trip and it was a success.

We don’t have an end date for the screen detox. 

We’ve noticed better behavior and better interactions between our boys without them and that suits us right now.

We ended our summer with a 10.5-hour trip to the beach and did it screen-free. It is amazing what you notice out the windows when you are not staring at a screen, and the conversations that follow are pretty amazing.

Maybe your kiddos can handle the screens and it is not a bone of contention in your family. Maybe you need to kick something else to the curb. Whatever the case may be, do what’s best for your family.

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Cheryl Brackemyre
Hey local mommas! I grew up in Centerville, but I now live in Wilmington with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially adding new titles to our names in 2022- Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa). My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand.


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