Well, day two of our little experiment was better. They only asked for the TV/Computer a handful of times and were more resigned when I directed them elsewhere. They actually found some things to do by themselves today, too. They spontaneously played a board game together and even did a little imagination play.
Wow, though. TV is so much cleaner than 4 children using their imagination. I was reminded today that this is as much an experiment for me as for them. I have to let go a little and let there be more of a mess for the cause of non-zombie-brained kiddos. I had to repeat that thought continually as I wiped water off the bathroom floor and swept the kitchen floor for the third time in as many hours.
My plan is to be more involved some days and let them fend for themselves more on other days. Today was a fend for themselves day. Tomorrow is an involved day. We're starting our Helen Keller week. I've been looking forward to this. We're reading a book, watching the movie (it's educational and I'm doing it with them so it's excluded from our screen-free time), learning some more sign language and going to the library to learn more about braille and then we're planning a trip to Helen Keller's birthplace which is not far from here! You're welcome to come along.