Families turn off TVs and tune into literacy

Our family likes to go to the Friends of the Library book sale in May and load up on gently used kids’ books that we then scatter around the house and in the car.

  • Jan. 29, 2011 7:00 a.m.
The Mawhinney-Colclough vehicle is literacy-equipped with books to keep the girls busy on trips between activities. Books on the go

The Mawhinney-Colclough vehicle is literacy-equipped with books to keep the girls busy on trips between activities. Books on the go

Our family likes to go to the Friends of the Library book sale in May and load up on gently used kids’ books that we then scatter around the house and in the car.

Like so many busy families, we spend so much time going from activity to activity and the girls love being able to pick up a book and look at it while we are travelling (no car sickness yet). If we need to run an errand the girls will often bring a book into the store in order to keep themselves busy.

In terms of actual screen time, our family rule is no TV/video games during the week, but Friday night is family movie night and 30-45 minutes of TV or video games is allowed during the weekend as a reward for doing chores during the week. So far, these strategies seem to be working for our family.

– Julia Mawhinney-Colclough