Saturday, 14 April 2012

Social Media Storm Clouds

The Easter holidays are nearly over, two weeks off to recuperate and restore our batteries, after such glorious weather a week before I was really looking forward to the break from the school run, being able to spend some time relaxing and enjoying the holiday, the children were tired and ratty and in need of the break too, but just as we were breaking up  mother nature had other ideas, and the weather went from lovely sunshine, where we were playing water bombs in the garden, to snow!

So the holidays have been spent doing nothing too much, not really going anywhere in particular, relaxing somewhat at home, in the house, Easter weekend itself sort of washed over us with the boys suffering from slight tummy bugs, and the weather trapping us inside, and when you spend too long in the house tempers fray and that tranquil relaxed rest that I'd hoped for this holiday never really materialised.

Yesterday once again the weather was hit and miss, with thunder and rain storms one minute and then the next it brightening up slightly.


The children were on the main part being well behaved, they had spent the day before absorbed in making cardboard box houses for their little figures, I hadn't seen or heard much off them all day but I  could feel myself suffering from a touch of cabin fever, and my temper getting shorter and shorter, so another day indoors was even less appealing.

It's all too easy to take the easy option when the weathers abit miserable, and try to entertain the children indoors, but then there is that draw to social media, that lull of pre occupied mindset where your not really entertaining the children at all but more entertaining yourself, with the need to keep updated with whats happening on the great big world wide web.

Then when the children ask for a simple thing and it takes you away from finishing your follow up comment, or reading the next line of unimportant news you snap at them.

And that's when it hit me, Social Media was hovering more of a cloud over our heads than the weather.

The Internet is a wondrous thing, but it is oh so awful at the same time, and there are so many more wondrous things to be seen.


So I switched off the computer and we went out,


 It didn't matter that it might rain, we enjoyed the sunny spells in between,


 The children ran and played,


 They skimmed stones into the water,


 and found newts.

We ended up not returning home till gone 6.30pm and today when they woke up we had a relaxing morning made dinner and then did the same thing again, no computers, no phones, no facebook but lots of fun.

 
I'm linking this to Country Kids over at Coombe Mill be sure to pop over there to see other people promoting the benefits to being outdoors!
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

17 comments:

  1. Brilliant post. I often get hung up on social media. We live in such a beautiful country and we should get out and enjoy it more often.

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    1. Th internet is oh so addictive its sometimes too easy to forget all the amazing things that are just outside our doors x

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  2. Sarah, your posts blow me away every time. You manage to make so much out of so little and that is an art! The way you capture your kids in such natural positions having so much simple fun is fabulous. I am so pleased you escaped the social media cloud and took yourself and your lovely children outdoors. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids

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  3. Great post. Couldn't agree more and this is a perfect example of what motivated us to start Kidz Outdoors. It's so good for kids to get out and explore the world around them!

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    1. I agree I love being outdoors and it makes everyones moods much better after a few hours away from the house x

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  4. Looks like you had a great week besides the weather. Watch it's going to be lovely and sunny now they are going back.

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    1. it is bound to be scorching hot again isn't it!

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  5. What a brilliant post! I could relate so much to what you said and this Easter I have really had a rethink about my social media/ life balance! It is so easy to get drawn in and I do love blogging but real life and spending time with family is so much more important!

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    1. thanks Nikki, I adore blogging but can easily spend silly time seemingly doing not alot at all online, but whilst doing so I'm ignoring the important things away from the screen!

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  6. such amazing photos sarah! it was one of your outdoors posts that inspired me to get out and about more a while back so thank you for that :)
    finding a newt is just brilliant and you and your children just have such a great time out and about - what a great mum you are xx

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  7. Superb post, I think everyone of us has been guilty of snapping at the kids because we are in the middle of something and we get interrupted. Switching off the computer and spending time with the family is such a special time – it goes too quickly and before you know it your babies are becoming independent and needing you less. Computers are addictive and I try to only spend time bogging first thing in the morning and after the kids have gone to bed – this is ‘my time’ – speaking of which they have just woken so that is me off to get pancakes and hot chocolate for breakfast. Fantastic pictures!!!

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  8. Really great post and oh so true. I thought it was just me, that I am a bad mummy, as I too find my self snapping at Little A if I am in the middle of writing a comment etc and she is yanking at my arm for something else. Love the photos.

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  9. Spot on post. I try to put the computer well away during the day but sometimes I need a little reminder.

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  10. Such a great post I'm sure so many of us can relate to. And how much better does it feel when you do go out?! Amazing pics of your children too :-)

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