Join us in being more intentional with our families during our Tech Fast For Family weekend September 6-8th. Here you’ll find some tips on how to make it work and later we’ll share our follow up experience.
September 6-8 Coriaria (#CoriariaChallenge) is hosting a technology fast to help us intentionally spend more quality time with our families. We hope you will join us too! If you’re reading this after September 8th, don’t hesitate to do one on your own anyway.
For each family this may be different. Generally, you’ll be giving up social media or technology in general for the whole weekend. (Last time we did a full week. You can read about it HERE).
If you’re up for the challenge, comment your commitment below. Worried about making it happen? Here are a few tips to help you succeed.
1. Do a Family Council First
Before starting your tech fast, sit down to discuss it with your family. Talk about what you think is feasible. Get everyone’s input. If you’re not sure how to do a family council, check out our free printable: Everflect Family Council Worksheets. Decide together what your tech fast will look like (and don’t forget to comment about it below!) Here are a few questions to consider to get you started – choose whatever your family needs most:
- Why is your family participating in the TechFast4Family?
- When will you start and stop?
- What are you counting as “tech” (social media? phones? Tv? Etc?)
- Will you go cold-turkey or allowances of some kind?
For example, we will be participating in the TechFast4Family because we want to ensure we spend some focused, intentional time together. We will be starting at midnight on September 6th and going (at least) until Midnight on September 9th. We will be taking a “cold-turkey” break from all social media, phones (with the exception of family texts and phone calls), computers and televisions.
2. Plan a Replacement
When you are giving up something, it is always important to know what will fill that void. Make some intentional plans with your family to ensure the no-tech time is used meaningfully. For example, if your family usually watches TV in the evening, go out for a walk or hike together during that time instead. If you need ideas, check out this list: Family Night Ideas
3. Set Boundaries
If you don’t already, it may be wise put specific limits on your technology. Many phones now have the capability to shut down after a certain amount of time. If you haven’t already, you can also set physical boundaries by placing all family technology in a central location.
4. Be Mindful
We live in a very tech-addicted world. You’re not alone if you feel phantom vibrations from your phone or mindlessly open Facebook out of habit. Rather than calling it quits, acknowledge those thoughts or actions without judgement and return to being mindfully present with your family.
5. Reflect and Review
After the weekend is over, consider sitting down for a follow-up family council. Reflect on how it went. What went well? What could have gone better? What will we do differently next time? What memories did we make? Consider writing your findings in a journal or sharing them with us in the comments. Also consider making adjustments to your family technology use based on your experiences.
We’re excited to spend some extra intentional time as a family.
We really enjoyed our tech-free weekend. Our experience was similar to last time, but it seemed to go by so fast. We spent our weekend doing things that we would normally do, but here’s are a few things we noticed:
- We don’t need to know everything. We have a habit of turning to our electronics every time we have a question. While it is nice to be able to learn new things, sometimes our conversations were much more meaningful as we wondered and pondered together.
- There is meaning in the journey. In the same vein as the above observation, we noticed that sometimes not-knowing can be a fun adventure. For example, we worked on a macrame wall-hanging during the weekend. We had never made one before and couldn’t look up how-to videos. It didn’t turn out quite the way we imagined it, but we learned a lot more by diving head first into some trial and error. (You can see a pic on our Instagram here)
- Being present takes intentionality. Just because we didn’t have tech to distract us, didn’t mean that we were fully present with each other. It really does take conscious effort to be present with your family. And that effort is oh so meaningful.
How was your experience with a no-tech weekend? Tell us in the comments!