[serialposts]I just got in from playing catch with my son. And as we sit around the table and draw pictures together, my wife comments at how nice it is in the house today.

But it’s not just any day… it’s a day that we didn’t turn on the TV or computer until well into the evening.

The silence was a little awkward, but it was refreshing.

I know that I’m a little late getting this month’s post out for the 7 project, but I’m kind of glad. It gave me a chance to really experience a little time shutting down the media in our house. It’s an experience that I think we’ll definitely try to turn into an ongoing habit.

I gotta be honest… It’s hard to connect with my nine year-old son when we both have our faces focused on our computers or the latest episode of Phineas and Ferb.

One of my favorite activities that we’ve started is the “get to know mom and dad story time.” My son told me that he knows me, but he doesn’t know anything about me. He wanted to hear stories about my life. So I tell him to pick a number, and I tell him a story about my life at that age. I love seeing the wonder in his face when he hears the stories about me solo-sailing a small sailboat when I was only a year older than he is now. Or how I was part of two presidential inauguration parades, one in which I wore a “dress” (technically a kilt, but not to a nine year-old).

So we leave the TV and computer off, and the result is a deeper, stronger relationship with my son.

I’ll take it.

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[the 7 project] month four: media

by Dan King time to read: 2 min