April 14, 2014
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Read more from John A. Hovanesian, MD, FACS.

Ever tried going unplugged for an entire weekend? Turning off your computers, leaving your smartphone in your pocket and letting the television go dark? My family tried this for the first time about 2 years ago, encouraged by a news story about a national holiday proposed by Reboot, a nonprofit Jewish organization whose great ideas reach across religious boundaries.

Miraculous things happen during an unplugged weekend, when we are not distracted by the influence of connected electronics. On one such weekend, my wife and I took our kids to a nearby park. Rather than checking our email while the kids played, we took in the beauty around us that had somehow disappeared into the background on previous trips.

The whole clan talked in the car rather than playing music or the mind-numbing DVD player. We turned our kids’ “screen time” (something we limit to 1 hour per day for all screens combined) to game time playing board games and charades.

Our first unplugged weekend was a miracle of family togetherness, creating memories all of us will cherish. Get the whole story