This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dixie. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am a big fan of electronic screens, always have been. I watched a lot of TV growing up, and I still love TV (and movies and Netflix) as an adult. I make my living by using laptop, tablet, phone, and DSLR screens. I am more lax with the amount of screen time I allow my kids than many parents, I am sure. We still read and play outside and talk to each other, but they also play video games and watch Minecraft videos on YouTube and search for Disney shows on Netflix.
I am probably going to get some judgy comments after admitting this but… we eat dinner in front of the TV too. When we first moved into The Mad House, we had a good few months where we ate dinner around the dining room table. Eventually though, the table was taken over by playdough and craft projects and homework, and we reverted back to TV trays in the living room. I do have some mom guilt about that, if I am being totally honest.
That is why, when I heard about the Dixie® #DarkForDinner movement, I thought that it would be a great way to get some screen-free time back into our family dinners. The movement encourages families to be more present in the moments that matter most and spend more meaningful time together, especially during dinner. In order to really appreciate the company of your family during dinner, the #DarkForDinner movement asks those participating to turn off all cell phones, televisions, computers or other electronic devices to ensure the time together is distraction free.
This Sunday, my family is joining in the screen-free dinner bandwagon. I am hoping that the weather will cooperate so we can take our dinner out to the patio and away from any electronic temptations. I will let you know how things went next week. You can join Dixie by participating in the #DarkForDinner movement too. For one family dinner, make sure work calls, personal calls, social media or other distractions do not take away from time you can spend together. Go #DarkForDinner and enjoy great conversation and time with what really matters most in life, your family!