Throughout our time at home, parents have grappled with how to handle screen time. It was a necessity for remote learning, which made it hard to deal with recreational use.
Many moms have tried to be more forgiving with themselves. We relied more on screens to get through the long days, and that’s OK.
As those days come to an end and summer approaches, it feels like everyone’s had it with screens. A recent survey of 2,000 American parents of children ages 2 to 18 shows that families are craving a summer digital detox. Of the families surveyed, 76% want to spend more quality time this summer with less screen time. Families are turning to old-school summer activities to fill the hazy days ahead.
“In many ways, this summer will look a lot more like the summers that parents and grandparents experienced in their youth, with long, unscheduled days completely free of structured activities,” said Katie Mills, vice president of product at Circle and mom of two boys.
“While this may be a big adjustment for many, the key to success is finding a balance between time spent online and off. Creating a routine that incorporates nostalgic indoor and outdoor activities like water balloon fights, scavenger hunts, and baking as well as specified time online is the key to success this summer.”
“This summer, families could reexamine the simple joys of summer that are sometimes overlooked — backyard sprinklers, road trips, outdoor movies, and family BBQs,” Katie added.
“The truth is, the time we spend together — no matter where it is — is priceless. By taking control of that time and ensuring we limit distractions from digital devices, families can create memories that will last a lifetime.”
Here are some of the activities American families are eager to fill their summer days with, according to the survey.