The Childhood Unplugged Project

Over the month of October and into November our family will be embarking on a screen-free month.

If you’re anything like me, the idea sounds like total bliss.  If you’re anything like my husband, it sounds like a living nightmare.

So, that considered, the decision hasn’t been made flippantly; it’s been a long time coming.  Our reasons are diverse and objections numerous so I will go over them in more detail in future posts.

I will also outline how I plan to make the month happen, the guidelines we have set around technology and the why’s behind them.

I will journal our progress, our challenges, and our victories here on the blog.

For me, the hardest barrier to break down was resistance from my partner, and I’ve been working on him for over ten years on this one!

No I don’t have one of those amazing husbands who says “Sure, darling, whatever you think is best for our family is fine with me.”

My husband is more along the lines of “you’re taking my devices away? But how will I live? What will I do? I can’t breathe. Why are you doing this?”

Don’t get me wrong; he’s not a complete ass or anything, but he’s a gamer and he loves his devices.

So, how did I convince him?

… well, I confess, I took the path of least resistance: I waited for him to make plans to leave the country, then I made some plans of my own. *insert sinister laugh here*

I know it sounds like a joke, but it’s really not.

My husband Josh is a drummer in a prog rock band and they are just about to embark on a five-week-long tour of Europe.  We live in Australia.  He is literally going to be on the other side of the world.

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And so, this is how I overcame the first hurdle in planning a screen-free month.

I’ll indulge a little more in the next post.

Until then,



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