Life Unplugged Can Mean Life Unhinged

We have no screens on between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM in my house. It’s summer. My kids are home and need the practice being bored to detox from the pressure-filled structure of school and constant social engagement. Seriously! Psychologists agree that boredom is the key to mental wellness and intelligence. And it just so happens that structure is my mortal enemy. Screens are the bane of my existence (at least when they aren’t blank and waiting for my creative input), and the social/time demands of the school year burn me to a pile of ash.

Summer is the season of my resurrection.

Which is why you will find me outside on the porch if it’s raining, or on a rock in direct sunlight if it’s not. I honor my inner lizard any time sunlight is accessible.

Or fighting with my kids because I want them to GTFO of my house and leave me alone to rock and cry. Sometime we need to talk about parenting when you are very easily overwhelmed. Ahem. It’s an adventure.

Do you have kids or screen use rules at your house?

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Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

Discussion about this post

  1. Great thoughts. I think I’ll be doing something similar to this, this summer. If I can afford it.

    I want to take Alex out like I used to! Not him on Xbox and me working here. And Nats getting frustrated at both of us!!

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