Would your children benefit from some true R & R---the kind where you actually unplug? I'm not talking about rest and relaxation. Instead I am referring to two Rs that many of us these days could use: Realize & Replace!
My three kids (ages 11, 14, 17) are not as plugged into technology as most. However, our experience when we stayed at the Yankee Homestead in the middle of Wisconsin near the small town of Granton, let them realize the difference between truly needing and wanting. It allowed them time to replace their typical plugged in activities with new experiences that only the basics can provide.
Staying in a cabin that is powered by solar, has an ice box-literally with ice, and does not sport internet connection may not be a child's dream vacation. But it may end up giving your child that much needed R & R: Realize and Replace!
I confess I did not start out as the best role model. I hiked up the gravel road in search of cell phone reception quite early in the stay. But when an Amish buggy passed me on that road, I felt awkwardly embarrassed with myself and retreated to truly unplug! Once everyone realized and replaced, we had a wonderful time!
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