It will shock no one to learn that screen time skyrocketed during the pandemic. According to a Western University study, on average, children had nearly six hours of screen time per day. This is nearly three times the amount recommended by the Canadian Pediatric Society.
While this statistic is less than optimal, it is nonetheless understandable. Parents were suddenly thrown into the incredibly challenging situation of juggling their children’s online learning needs with working from home and heightened domestic responsibilities.
Playdates took a hiatus.
Extracurricular activities were canceled.
Screen time — which includes video games, watching television, and using computers and smart devices - provided a much-needed distraction.
That was then, though, and this is now. After a rough couple of years of social distancing and increased couch time, it’s looking promising that this could be the summer to reconnect with loved ones — with nary a screen in sight!
Here’s a whole host of ways to disconnect and reconnect this summer:
Get out of town
There is something truly magical about a road trip. Road trip snacks, road trip games, carefully-curated road trip playlists, road trip wildlife. Good thing there is no shortage of great road trip options within spitting distance of Calgary. A few of our favorites include:
Hot summer days and nights provide the perfect opportunity to dine in the great outdoors. Whether it is sampling the wares at one of Calgary’s many festivals, going for an al fresco lunch in Stanley Park, or grabbing a scoop at Village Ice Cream, something about eating outdoors just makes the food taste better.
Commit to trying some new activities this summer
With such a short summer season, it’s no wonder that many Calgarians look for any excuse to spend as much time as possible outside. Here are some fun, seasonal activities that may be worth exploring as a family:
Get your swim on
Calgary is home to several lake communities, and the residents of those communities are used to summer days spent at their neighborhood lake. For those who don’t live in lake communities there are still water options a-plenty, including:
However you choose to reconnect, make sure that the disconnect is part of the equation by making a family commitment to put the phones away.
Wishing you a wonderful summer full of rich family memories!
Erika Holter is a Canadian freelance writer and content creator as well as a writer for WordPLAY Consulting. Every business, and every person, has a story and Erika loves to tell those stories.
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