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Family Matters: It’s Good to Unplug


Family MattersLast week on our summer family vacation, just a few miles from the Canadian border, I told everyone in the car to turn off their cellphones and give them to me. For the next 24 hours while in Canada, there would be no cellphones or iPads. You should have heard all the whining from the kids, “I’m going to be bored; there’s nothing to do; this is not fair!” Our time in Canada, with no electronics, turned out to be the best part of our trip!

It’s surprising how creative you can be when you do not have electronics taking up your time. The kids learned how to play road trip games like name five cities that begin with the letter “A,” name five things that begin with the letter “B” that you can get from a fast food drive-through and name all the things that begin with the letter “P” at a rest stop. They also showed their creative talent by making up drawing games as we traveled.

One of the funniest things we did while in Canada was seeing who could have the thickest Texas drawl while speaking with the local Canadians. I don’t think we have laughed that hard in a long time. My son, Luke, was by far the winner at “Texas drawl!”

Once we arrived at our cabin, we found out it did not have Wi-Fi as promised and the TV satellite was out! Once again, we had to entertain ourselves. Luckily, the cabin had lots of board games. Some of the best nights of our vacation were spent playing Charades, Outburst and Scrabble.

Sometimes in life, it’s just good to unplug. Turn off the electronics and seize the moments with your family!

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