A while ago I tried to get the TV out of the living room in order to encourage some family quality time in front of the fire place. Great initiative. Didn’t work! I therefore have an amazing amount of respect for Susan Maushart, an Australian journalist and single parent who decided to take a figurative six-month voyage into an unplugged life – and then write a book about it:
The Winter of Our Disconnect:
How Three Totally Wired Teenagers
(and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone)
Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale!
I had the great honor of hooking up with Susan a couple of weeks ago and here are three things I carried with me from her experience:
- How did she convince the kids? She bribed them and had to promise them a cut of the profit from the book. I love that! I’m pretty sure that would have been the only way to pull a deal like that in our family.
- Out of boredom comes creativity! The more bored the kids were the more creative they suddenly became. Makes me wonder how many thoughts, dreams, passions, and ambitions we put a lid on in our everyday hectic lives?
- Didn’t the kids feel disconnected from all of their friends! No their friends actually ended up wanting to stay at their place because of the quality time they had with the family. Go figure!
Here is how UK’s “Daybreak” told her story:
Think about it! What kind of thoughts would you leave room for if you pulled the plug in your family!
Stay high and happy!
The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone)Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale (English)