03/04/2013 04:28 pm ET

Reflections After A No-Media Week

The older kids’ school requested that families do a “media-free” week last week. It was an idea I liked in theory but the timing couldn’t have been worse. They’d had winter break the week prior, which meant all of them were home so I got very little work done. I was playing catch-up and could have benefitted from the quiet that throwing on a movie can provide. Still, I wanted to win the teaches’ approval honor the school’s wishes and so we declared our home media-free for 7 days. Surprisingly, there was very little whining from the kids, in part because they’d heard the principal talk about it, so they knew it was serious business.

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