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25 Last Minute Simple Elf On The Shelf Ideas.

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It’s that time of the year again when millions of parents everywhere dig out the Elf on the shelf and embark on a 25-day nightmare of thinking of elf ideas and hours of planning over these innocent little elf people. In this post, we are going to give you some amazingly simple elf on the shelf ideas designed as a quick and easy get out when you’ve forgotten to move the little blighter during the night!

We have all woken in a blind panic at about 6 am remembering that we’ve forgotten to prep the night before and scurry downstairs trying desperately not to wake the kids and be discovered! The elf on the shelf can be a source of anxiety for even the coolest of parents!

That is why I created this emergency cheat sheet checklist of super easy Elf On The Shelf Ideas, for when you’ve completely forgotten and only have seconds to spare! Full of super simple tips to get you out of the Elf on the shelf chaos! these ideas take no planning, some don’t even need any props and all are amazingly simple to execute without getting caught! 

We all know that most kids get up before their parents so I’m going to give you some excuses and cheats to help you cope with the nights you’ve forgotten and been discovered by your child!

It is a super simple, elf on the shelf for toddlers, easy ideas printable checklist so you can see right away which ideas you have already done,  print it off and stash it in your planner or wherever is convenient for you away from the prying eyes of the family!

There are 25 very simple no prep ideas so you can forget every single night in November and December right up until Christmas and we’ve got you covered!

It’s hard to stay on top of things when you work long hours and have Christmas looming, I believe in making things easy so here we go with the  25 simple  Elf on the shelf ideas Christmas countdown!

Simple elf on the shelf ideas checklist

simple elf on the shelf ideas checklist

Simple elf on the shelf ideas 

  1. Elf unravels the toilet paper, wrap the Elf in toilet paper, then throw him down the stairs unravelling as you go!
  2. Elf eats crisps, have the elf upside down in a packet of your kids favourite crisps, make sure to make a mess!
  3. Elf brushes teeth, use your child’s toothbrush and make a mess with the toothpaste!
  4.  Elf takes a selfie, hide the elf and leave a selfie on the iPad for the kids to find!
  5. Elf makes a snow angel in flour or takes a bath in flour if you need to be quicker!
  6. Elf wraps christmas tree in cling film, this is not such a quick one but good if you won’t wake the kids!
  7. Elf drives toy car, this is a great one for speed if you’ll pardon the pun and even better if you can get two elves racing!
  8. Elf taps on the window, lock him outside and have him tapping on the window to get in! My six year old loved this one!
  9. Elf sits in the car, have him driving or strapped in the car seat, this one is great when the kids have misbehaved because they think the elf has gone home until they discover him in the car!
  10. Elf has a bath sit him in the bath with a bar of soap and a shower cap on
  11. Elf drinks honey through a straw. put a straw in a bottle of honey or syrup and let him drink!
  12. Elf eats chocolate or candy cane,  if you dare get him to eat a window of the advent calendar, smear some around his mouth
  13. Turns the milk green to elf milk put a spot of food colouring into a glass of milk leave a note from the North Pole telling them to enjoy their elf milk!
  14. Draws on picture frames, get a whiteboard marker and draw silly faces, moustaches, spectacles etc on all the school photos (as long as they are covered by glass in a frame). this was a favourite in our house last year!
  15. Draw faces on fruit,  great for bananas and tangerines even better if you’ve got time to stick googly eyes on!
  16. Pack a horrid lunch box, fill with raw potatoes, cans of pet food a block of cheese etc zip it up then leave a note from the elf which says he’s packed their lunch, let them look inside! My kids love this one!
  17. Elf rides a stuffed toy, dinosaur, elephant, the bigger the better and better with two elves, have them race!
  18. Elf builds lego,  have him play lego with the other toys such as Batman, Barbie, Mr Potato Head, think Toy Story here!
  19. Elf colours in,  have him sitting colouring in with your child’s favourite pens, join in the other toys too.
  20. Elf drinks coke,  sit one or two elves on the edge of the coke can with a straw to drink from, you might need to shorten the straw.
  21. Elf makes breakfast, get the elves to make cereal and make a little mess, have the elf eat a  little bit of the breakfast and have them leave a note stating that they made it!
  22. Hides in the bookbag,  hide the elf in the book bag, have him poking out so the kids can find him, this is best done on a Friday or Saturday when they are not using their bookbag!
  23. Wears a sock as a hat, put one of your kid’s socks on the elf as a hat, Christmas socks are even better.
  24. Wears dolls clothes,  grab any clothes that fit  from a doll or action figure and put it on the elf
  25. Trap him in a glass jar and put him in the fridge!

Simple Elf on the shelf ideas for arrival

I usually like to make the elves arrive in style so I tend to write a letter from Santa explaining what the elves are here to do. I usually leave a delicious continental style breakfast and also set a place at the table for the elves. I also leave a little gift for the kids from the elves and explain in the letter from Santa that it is for their achievements throughout the year ( I usually write a list of things they’ve done well.)

Elf on the shelf  arrival letter from Santa

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Elf colouring pages

To go along with your child’s letter to Santa and simple elf on the shelf ideas, I’ve created these lovely Elf colouring pages for you to print off and leave with their letter as a reward for their achievements this year. There are ten free Elf colouring pages in total and 3 worksheets for them to fill in. These are also great for taking to a restaurant for your little ones to colour, or when you’re working from home and need to keep your little ones occupied. To download all these fabulous Christmas elf colouring pages watch out for my next post coming soon!

Frequently asked Q&A

What should you do if your kid catches you hiding the elf on the shelf?  I’d go for a big fat lie at this stage and pretend that the elf had fallen and hurt himself and that Santa called and asked you to help him out. Then I’d pretend to put the elf to bed and let him rest for a couple of days while you recover from the trauma!

Can you touch an elf on the shelf?   I tell my kids not to touch the elves as it makes them more magical, and keeps things slightly more mysterious, more importantly it makes it easier to find the little terror at 1 o’clock in the morning when you need to move your elf, no having to prize it out of a sleeping child’s grasp!

How can I remember to move the elf each night when I’m so busy? This one is a tough one, especially around Christmas time when there is so much else to do! It’s especially difficult if you’ve got kids that get up during the night! I set an alarm every night on my phone to remind me before I go to bed that I have to do it, I found that this is the only way to stay on top of this nightly pain in the neck!

what do I do if I forget and my child sees that their elf hasn’t moved?  I think it’s a good idea to have a few prop cards handy for when you forget, you could  “find a note” to say that the cat or dog touched the elf so that’s why he didn’t move or something similar to that!

Can I use the elf on the shelf to encourage good behaviour in my kids?  Many parents use report cards from the elf which are left each morning when the elf on the shelf moves. The child is advised by Santa Claus in the elf arrival letter that their behaviour will be monitored by their elves and any bad behaviour and good behaviour respectively will be marked down on a report card and sent straight to Santa each day. I think it’s important to encourage kindness and politeness to others and to focus on positive behaviour when using your elf report cards! My kids love seeing all the good reports from the elves and enjoy getting a full report from Santa when the elves say goodbye!  especially when they know they’re on the good list!

What are some good names for elves?  You can name your elf whatever you like, just like humans they suit any name. My daughter named her elf Nancy after a cat we used to have and my son named his Kevin after his dad! let your kids choose as that’s part of the fun of the elf on the shelf arrival. some examples of cute names for an elf are

  • Twinkle 
  • Dusty
  • Cinnamon
  • Smudge 
  • Pippa
  • Rex
  • Mungo
  • Bambam
  • Lucy 
  • Nancy
  • Sid
  • Billy

What should  I write in an elf arrival letter? I like to make my letter from Santa as the Elves live at his workshop. It’s also a great way to summarise all the things your kids have done well and to recognise all the hard work they’ve been doing throughout out the year.

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How to Organise Your Kids: With Free Morning Checklist

How do I get my kids out of the door without any fuss?

The answer is by creating a calm morning routine by using our morning checklist

We all have those hideous mornings where we stagger into school looking like we’ve just been dragged through a hedge backwards, nerves in tatters and ready to cry.

What is the reason for these hideously chaotic mornings?

It is anything from

  • missing shoes
  • missing  keys
  •  someone refusing to put their clothes on
  • someone not wanting to put a coat on in midwinter
  • someone refusing to  eat their breakfast
  • refusing to get in the car
  • refusing to get their seat belt on
  • refusing to get their seatbelt off
  • refusing to get out of the car

Etc etc., but mostly it’s all the above, every single morning!

So what can we do to stop these significant meltdowns and non-compliant mood swings?

Nothing! Nothing?

Yes, you heard it nothing!  We can do nothing to get these little people of ours to be more responsive to our many orders to get them out of the door; this will only fall into place as they get out of this ridiculously stubborn phase.

But, we can, however, smooth out the wrinkles in our morning routine to try to get us into a place to have the time and patience to face these tantrum filled mornings head on,  a sort of head start on the kids!

 

 

 

 

Try these few simple steps in your morning routine to get your kids out of the door with less fuss.

 

 

Lay it out the night before!  

I mean everything!

Here is a list of what I lay out the night before;

  • cereal
  • plates/ cutlery/ cups
  • School bags with books /homework inside!
  • PE kits
  • swimming kits
  • forms /letters /money need for next day
  • drinks bottles ready to be filled
  • vitamins/medicine
  • uniform including shoes upstairs
  • my clothes and shoes
  • lunch boxes made up and in the fridge
  • keys
  • purse

 

 

 

My morning routine for success.

 

 

The secret to our morning routine is not to allow anyone downstairs unless they are dressed, including their shoes.

This method eliminates  both the

  • last-minute lost shoe palava
  • shoe refusal episode

so,  that’s two arguments prevented already!

It also makes the holidays and weekends unique as they get to have a few hours in their pyjamas before getting dressed.

 

 

No TV or tablets! 

Imagine you’re a child, what better way to start your morning than to zone out watching TV.

Imagine how cosy and relaxed you are.

Now imagine being dragged outside to work on a cold winter morning in the middle of your favourite game or TV programme.

Make it easy for yourself leave the TV and tablets for relaxing!

This one might be a difficult habit to break but stay strong the rewards are endless.

Make sure there are toys, books or art equipment to relieve their boredom!

If you’re struggling to reduce your kid’s screen time read how here!

 

 

Get up earlier than the kids.

I appreciate this is probably impossible for most mums and dads out there. With all the little early risers and the light sleepers there are very few parents who are up before their kids, but if you can, when you can, try to get up before the rest of the house wakes.

The habit of getting up earlier gives you time to get organised, get showered and dressed to your shoes and get any chores such as emptying the dishwasher or doing a laundry load uninterrupted which in turn makes you calmer and ready to face the barrage of demands that ensure the minute your kids open their eyes!

I’m always amazed at how much calmer I am when I get that rare time to get ahead in the morning and maybe even get time for a coffee!

I’m writing this post at 5.30am  this morning while everyone else is asleep!

Plan ahead

Keep a weekly planner of all the kid’s after-school activities, play dates,  and in school activities and check it every evening.

You can download a  FREE copy of all my beautiful family planners here FREE PRINTABLE PLANNER PAGES.

Make sure everything is ready for them to take into school or ready to grab straight after school.

I try to get all sports kits ready for the week as soon as they come home I launder them and pack them back into their bags for next time.

I keep sports kits in distinctive bags in the kid’s wardrobe and get them to bring what they need down the night before.  It makes them have some responsibility for the stuff they need on certain days which means they know what is needed and when it’s required, if on the rare occasion I am ever ill, or if I forget!

  • swimming kit
  • PE kit
  • football kit
  • musical instruments
  • spare clothes for playdate/sports events
  • snacks /drinks needed
  • money for activities

If you, as a parent minimise the many things which can go wrong and reduce some of the chaos you will find yourself in a place to deal with the tantrums and the meltdowns in a calm and level-headed way.

If your little one knows he doesn’t get his breakfast until he has dressed he will get dressed as a routine as soon as he gets up, every morning!

Stick to a morning routine every day, so your little ones know what to expect, and there are no surprises when they have a small amount of control of their mornings via a planned routine, they know what to expect and stop trying to control the situation themselves.

Make sure your child is asleep early on a school night as a tired child is often a grumpy non-compliant child!

 

 

Morning Checklist For Kids

 

 

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How To Get A Minimalist Kids Room

Creating a minimalist kids room.

If you’re looking to simplify your kid’s room and want to create a streamlined calm environment for your children to sleep and play in, we have created a step by step guide to get you started on your journey towards creating a tranquil minimalist kids room.

How to successfully declutter your kid’s stuff.

Decluttering other peoples stuff is a tough decision to make, especially when its a small child’s stuff as their toys have often been given as a gift, or their clothes may hold a special memory for us.

 

Having done lots of research on how to declutter with kids and having tried various methods to include my children in the process of decluttering their possessions,  my conclusion is, that it is better to make the decisions on your own.

My kids get vast amounts of gifts from family members despite me suggesting experiences rather than actual presents. While I am very grateful my kids have such kind family members it does mean that our house can be bursting with toys, this, in turn, makes it difficult to see what they have got to play with.

While I do try to rotate toys,  it can still get out of hand very quickly if I am not on top of decluttering unused and broken toys. Although I do donate heaps of unplayed with toys, my kids have honestly never missed anything of theirs that I have given away.

My kids, however,  seem to be much less sentimental towards simplifying their clothes.

Q.  How do I start decluttering toys?

 1. Wait until they have gone out for the day.

Waiting until your kids are out of  the house enables you to:

  • Get rid of anything broken without any tears.
  • Qualify which toy your kids play with without any protests from the kids
  • Pack stuff up without stuff getting dragged back out of the bags
  • Cull unloved soft toys
  • Get rid of paper junk
  • Throw away any unusable stationery, broken crayons, felt tips with no lids  and dried up pens

Look upon decluttering your kid’s stuff as a gift-giving day.

Think of all the people in your life who would benefit from your unused toys, clothes, prams and games it will help you to feel more positive about letting go.

If you know of someone who will love it,  pass it on and spread the joy!

2. Declutter broken toys.

Decluttering broken toys is a no-brainer!

If a  toy or game has a piece missing or broken, throw it away immediately and don’t look back!

A tremendous amount of toy storage is often taken up by broken toys. Kids can’t play with broken stuff, so get rid of the car with one wheel or the doll with no head!

3. How To Declutter Sentimental Toys.

You may get teary eyed looking at a bag of baby clothes or a favourite toy.  In this case, try to remember that the doll or clothes helped to create the memory. The memories are in the moments not in the toy,  if the doll is no longer there, the memories still will be.

 4.   Ditch the excuses

  •  It was expensive
  • It was a gift
  • It was their first pair of shoes
  • It was your great aunts
  • It was her first doll
 You could find a reason to keep everything you kids have ever drawn, worn, played with or touched. If your child doesn’t like it, wear it, or play with it ditch it!

 5.  If your kids have never played with it, give it away!

  • If it cost you a fortune
  • If they begged for it for weeks
  • If they’ve only played with it once, but they’ve owned it for a year get rid of it!
  •  If you think they are too young for it and may play with it at a later date, in my experience, they most probably will never touch it!

 6. Cull the paperwork!

Try to give your kids a sketchpad for drawing and a notebook for writing instead of loose sheets of paper. So, at tidy up time, your kids are not shoving handfuls of used loose paper into already overstuffed drawers.
One pad of paper is also less overwhelming for little ones to tidy up so they will be more inclined to help with tidy up time!

7. Make sure every toy has a home.

Bedrooms are much simpler to keep tidy if every toy has somewhere to live. Kids are keen to put stuff away if it’s easy to stash, if they don’t know where to put a toy you can’t expect them to put it away, or find it when they want to play with it. After you’ve decluttered be sure to make sure each toy has a designated storage area where it can be returned to.
The less stuff  (clutter) they have, the more care they take of their treasured possessions.

 8. Clear the bedroom floors!

Except for train or car tracks, keep floors and surfaces free of clutter in kids rooms.
This habit should encourage them not to drop stuff on the floor or surfaces and to put it away instead, without you having to nag them.

 

9. Get rid of it ASAP!

After you’ve decluttered, get it all out of the house as soon as possible.

Run, run, as fast as you can to the charity shop or the tip, because if those little people see that unworn itchy jumper or the headless doll in the charity bag, you can bet your last dollar that they will make your life a living hell for the rest of the day!

10. Get the kids involved in organising their new space.

Now is the perfect time to get your kids on board with organising their new space, things they could help with would be.

  • Making  homemade labels for drawers and baskets, so they know where to return things to
  • Polishing the newly cleared surfaces
  • Cleaning the windows
  • Finding homes for all their toys

At this stage of decluttering the kid’s room, kids can take an assertive role in getting the room back together, if they participate in the cleaning and organising part of the process they are much more likely to remember to return their items to where they got them.

 

 11.  Organising kids clothes

It’s best to keep children’s clothing at an absolute minimum to be able to stay organised. school-age children spend 70% of their time in their school uniform so it makes more sense to have multiples of uniforms rather than a wardrobe stuffed full of clothes they will never get time to wear. kids are the perfect candidates for a capsule wardrobe and you can follow the steps to building a kids capsule wardrobe here

Benefits of a minimalist kids bedroom

How to fold kids underwear.

I’ve put together a quick video tutorial to show you how to fold and organise your children’s knickers and socks, excuse the bit where my cats start fighting!

 

 


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How To Unplug From Social Media.

The average teenager spends a staggering nine hours a day on social media! Whilst this seems crazy to many hard working adults it’s a reality that most teenagers know no different!

It might not be wise to be so quick to judge these inbetweeners, you may be surprised to hear that the average adult spends approximately two hours on social media per day, and more surprisingly over five hours watching tv per day! That’s a staggering seven hours of screen time per day for the average adult!

 In this post, we discuss some need to know tips on how to unplug from social media, how to live unplugged and find time in your life for things you have always wanted to do like:

  • Write a best-selling book.
  • Take up golf.
  • Become a black belt in Martial Arts.
  • Run up a mountain.
  • Keep in touch with friends and family more often.
  • Volunteer for a charity.
  • Travel the world. 
  • Experience real life adventures.
  • Spend quality time with the kids.
  • Start a business.
  • Read more books. 
  • Help others.
  • Start a blog.
  • Meditate.
  • Visit friends.
 
 If you are making the excuse that you haven’t got time to get started on your goals, then think again!
 You really have more spare time than you think!
 
Society has found itself sucked into a technology black hole.
It is the age of the selfie generation where people contort their faces into an unrecognisable form with other self-obsessed selfie-takers in a never-ending social media battle of the selfies.
 
We have a Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, the Instagram generation where some people can’t go out for a meal without posting photos of their food, their first drink of the evening, or the full-length selfie of the outfit they are wearing.
 
People can’t climb a mountain, go for a family day out or visit the park, without making sure everyone knows they were there.
 
Then we have the gaming generation who play games which are so addictive,  that people are unable to tear themselves away long enough to eat a meal with the family.
 
We have a never-ending stream of television which bombards us with hundreds of thousands of adverts,  which we can live pause, rewind, repeat.
 
Consider the effect unplugging from technology could have on your quality of life and schedule. Without hours spent on social media think of all the hours you will snatch back for yourself!
 
 
 
 

Signs you may need to unplug from social media.

 
  • The first thing you reach for in the morning is your phone
  • You get upset when someone hasn’t liked your status update 
  • You record every minute of your family day out on social media 
  • You contrive photos with filters or clever editing to make yourself look better on social media.
  • You compare yourself to others on social media
  • You keep checking your phone whilst you’re at work 
  • You check your phone in bed 
  • You check your phone at the dinner table 
  • You update your status on holiday or at the airport to tell everyone your away ( including burglers! )
  • You know everybody else’s business
  • You’re a bit judgy of other people due to what they post on social media.
 
Social media is not a bad thing, I use it to stay in touch will family members all over the world and also to chat with other bloggers in my niche. So I’m fully aware of the huge benefits of social media.
 
However it seems we are in a world where everyone is in a rush, has no time and is disconnected from other people. The purpose of this post is to show you ways to find more time to reconnect by unplugging from social media for a few hours a day or a few days a week. 
 
many times we find ourselves procrastinating over something important and social media makes this easy for us. we beat ourselves up that we’ve missed a deadline or forgotten to make a phone call yet we have wasted hours that day checking our  top  five social media accounts, there is no better way to waste time and procrastinate than social media, its a quick feel-good fix, a way to gossip,  and an escape from real life .
 
It is also a major time drain, bleeding minutes and hours from your day stopping you from doing the things which matter most to you at work and at home. It’s time to claim back your time!
 
 
 

Reasons to unplug from social media 

There are many positive reasons to unplug from social media

  •  You can spend much more quality time with the family and be appreciative of the things they’ve done that day, you’ll start to take an interest in how they feel about things and you’ll become more connected.

 

  •  You can exercise more, you’ll have several hours in the day to fill, now your spending your life unplugged you can get the kids out on their bikes, out for a run or a swim.

 

  • You can spend more time outdoors, getting out for a walk, a run or a day out at the beach is much more energising than sitting in front of technology or a TV screen.

 

 

  • You have more free time to relax in the bath or read a book. Many parents complain that they have no time to read a book but they spend several hours on social media each day. Let’s get back to the basics and kick-start your love of reading!

 

  • You’ll be more relaxed.  Even though you use technology as a way to relax it doesn’t allow your brain to switch off, it actually acts as a stimulant! Meditation, reading or simply chatting with your spouse will help you rewind, relax and recharge.
 
 
 

 How to unplug from social media

Unplugging from social media can be hard if you are addicted to technology,  follow these tips to unplug from social media and start unplugging from society!

 

  •  Give up one thing at a time, don’t try to get rid of all your social media accounts at one time, try just stopping twitter, for instance, one week, then facebook the week after and so forth. going cold turkey all at once will probably be too hard to stick to long-term. You should be trying to change your social media habits a bit at a time.

 

  • Try Deleting your Facebook or Instagram app on your phone, this will stop you randomly picking up your phone to check your social media accounts. if you have to log onto your desktop to check your accounts you will spend less time on social media.

 

  • If you’re struggling to unplug from social media, put your phone in a drawer and leave it there for a few hours untouched.  Do something constructive from your to-do list and make a note of how much more you get done in that time.

 

  • Watch one programme then switch off the TV. Free up five hours a day by switching off the TV after you’ve watched your chosen programme and free up some of your time to get on with something else!

 

  • Have a ‘no phone in bed’ rule and stick to it. Read a book, have a pamper and spend that time chilling out and relaxing. Keep the phone out of the bedroom and keep the hour before bed social media free!

 

  • Take the TV out of the bedroom. Turn your bedroom into a spa, light some candles, play some relaxing music and pamper yourself or read a book before bed.

 

  • Stop taking selfies and start taking photos of your family instead, that’s where the real memories are. Social media is full of people trying to take the perfect selfie with the perfect filter to make themselves look ten years younger. Everyone who knows you knows you don’t look like that at the school gates in the morning. Enjoy the park or the meal without recording your every move for people who don’t care anyway. 

 

  • Turn off notifications for everything. News, Facebook, Email, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, turn them all off and you’ll not be tempted to check your phone twenty times an hour!

 

  • Try leaving your phone in the car or at home when you go out. This is one of my favourite ways to unplug from social media as it encourages me to reconnect with people I’m meeting, especially if I’m going out for a meal. It also stops the urge to post selfies of your beer or meal!

 

  • Find some time to switch off your phone and enjoy doing something else instead. Switch it off, unplug and find something else to do, try it for just an hour a day then increase the time daily.  youll be surprised how good it feels to be free of that little black box of time sucking tricks!

 

  • Be yourself, smile in photos,  in ten years time you won’t want to see pictures of yourself with a snapchat filter or a pout. Chill out, be you.

 

  •  Eat with the family, enjoy your food and drink uninterrupted by selfies, texts and calls. Have a no phone at the table rule, chat ask questions and enjoy your time together.

 

  •  Visit nice places without having to worry about updating your status or posting an amazing Instagram post.

 

  •  Spend time with the kids without letting everyone know what an amazing parent you are. Leave your kids off social media, it’s not a competition to prove that you’re a better parent than everyone else.

 

Stop wasting time on social media, watching TV or taking selfies and see how much time you gain in your day to do the things you’ve always dreamed of!

 

What are the benefits of unplugging from social media?

There are huge benefits of  disconnecting from social media and cutting down your screen time :

  • You’ll create so much more time to do the things on your todo list.
  • You’ll enjoy the little moments and create real life memories with your family.
  • You’ll stop worrying about what other people think, and you’ll find yourself living in the moment.
  • You’ll stop competing with other people and imagining that their life is better than yours.
  • You’ll stop judging other people by their photos or status updates.
  •  When you stop comparing yourself to the false social media images you see, you’ll stop complaining about not having material things, going on flash holidays and you’ll begin to realise that you’ve got everything you need if you have your family and good health.

 

 

Frequently asked Q&A

How do you help your kids unplug from technology? Try to create screen time after all their homework, shower, room tidying and reading is done, this gives them an incentive to get their jobs done before screen time rather than the other way round for a screen time responsibility chart check out this post.  Encourage your kids to get outside by planning fun activities for the mornings during the weekends and holidays. Getting your kids involved in sports gets them off the couch too!

 

How do I stop using social media during studying? All of the tips above should help you to unplug from social media during study periods. It may also be a good idea use a time management method, set 25 minute study periods followed by short breaks, this is called the  Pomodoro Technique.

 

 

 

 
For amazing advice about meditation and mindfulness techniques head over to Jennifer at Help Mama Meditate!
 
 
 
Do you have any tips you use to unplug from social media? We’d love to hear your tips, leave us a comment below!

 


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