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Tech Timeout ~

Things to do during a Tech Timeout


Between the laptop, the smart phone, the TV and the smart speaker, it seems that we always have some sort of tech device running in our household. My husband loves messing with the smart speaker that we have in the living room and listening to his music collection. It’s very rare that I ever see my daughter without her phone or her ipod in her hand. And, well, my smart phone and my laptop may as well be extensions of my self. So, we tried something novel this weekend. We took a Tech Timeout.

What Exactly Is A Tech Timeout?

We took a challenge to put down everything electronic and just try to find things to do as a family for just one hour a day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You know, like the cavemen did it back in the day. I admit, it sounded pretty easy peasy to me. But I soon realized it wasn’t quite as easy as I thought it would be.

Hi, my name is Dawn and I am addicted to my laptop and smartphone.

I admit, I really had a hard time staying off the phone. Every time that flirty email *bing* sounded promising the possibility of a great offer or other such blogger business, I really had a hard time letting it go. What would I be missing? And what about my blog? What internet catastrophe could be happening that I needed to get to work on STAT?

But I stayed off the phone. And you know what? It was fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ As a matter of fact, I read. *GASP* My most favorite past time in my entire life finally got the love that it had been lacking the past couple of years since I started blogging.

And we talked. With no “Friends” or “Golden Girls” reruns in the background, we shared our stories about our days with each other. Admittedly, we watched the clock the first day and a little on the 2nd, but on the 3rd we went well past the hour and didn’t even realize it. And then we just kept on talking.

Take the Tech Timeout Pledge

Take the Tech Timeout Pledge With Your Family

If you want something fun to do with the family this weekend, do nothing. Trust me, you will love it. ๐Ÿ™‚


About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. These are great ideas. My teens are connected constantly and it would be nice to find some unconnected things to do with them.

  2. These days it’s rare to see an entire family out without some sort of screen in front of 1 or more of them. I think this would be a challenge for us, but I really like the idea of unplugging at least once a week.

  3. I would go mad without the television. I don’t even have to be watching it. It just has to be on.

  4. Great List of ideas, just think it’s all the things families and people/kids use to do before technology plagued us all! Kinda sad to think about, stepping away is a great idea, even just for a few hours a day!

  5. Such a great idea. We have recently cut cable completely, and my son got grounded from the xbox, so electronics are a no go right now for us. And ya know what? It’s been heavenly.

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      We cut off our satellite not too long ago, too. We watch TV shows on DVD or the computer if we want to watch something. WAY cheaper!

  6. This is a really good idea. I have a hard enough time getting my husband to put his phone away for dinner (he works a lot with the stock market so he obsesses about the stocks). I’ll mention some of these suggestions to him.

  7. I know this would be a challenge for me, but I love some of the ideas you shared. I would love to bake some cookies with the kids & take them to Ronald McDonald house to share & encourage the families there. We could bake a second batch & after our hour + of sharing, we could call friends & ask if we could drop in the next day, bringing our encouragement cookies to them.

  8. These are great ideas! I love the planting seeds tip; we do this often. It’s fun to watch them grow and gives us a reason to be outside.

  9. We often take tech free road trips where we don’t have the DVD, DS or any ipod games to entertain the kids. It’s fun to see what happens when we talk and play road games! Great challenge!

  10. I love these ideas! It’s a challenge to pry my teen boys away from their devices and it would be nice to take a Tech Time Out. Great post!

  11. We took the tech timeout too. I really need to do it more often!

  12. I love that people are looking into ways today to stop all of the outside interferences with family time. This is exactly why I didn’t let my children have tv’s in their bedrooms, because I knew that once I did, they would never sit in the family room all together to watch tv as a family.

  13. These are all great ideas! I don’t turn on my laptop on Sundays, and try to limit my gadget time. It’s good to take a break especially now that the weather’s so nice!

  14. Love these ideas! I think I just made it even more difficult since we just gave our son a hand me down tablet…. and between video games, TV and movies on top of computers.. it is sometimes a challenge to really get out there and spend unplugged time together!

  15. I love the quality time spent with electronics. Thanks for the list!

  16. I really like the idea of cooking for the families at Ronald McDonald House. I had no idea that was even something people could do! We just went to Florida to help my son move into his new home. I left all my tech at home – and never even missed it.

  17. We are a tech family but weekend time is spent w/o electronics to get back to basics

  18. I don’t know if my family needs a tech time out – but I often do! It is a hard balance with income tied to social media. Thanks for the great reminder!

  19. My family is a total tech family. We’re often on our devices, but it’s nice to have time outs! I’m gonna have to share some of these with my husband! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. That’s a great list – good resource for when you’re looking for family activity ideas.

  21. I love this. What a bright idea, even if you don’t have children. I think I’ll do this for one weekend. A tech-free weekend for my boyfriend and I – all love, no tech!

  22. i’m also a tech junkie. but we do also work hard to have things turned OFF so we tune in to one another, on a regular basis.

  23. There is such a good mix of activities here, some free, some for a little money. I tell ya…it’s printable!

  24. So many great ideas! I especially like the idea of volunteering as a family!

  25. I think all families can use a tech time out for sure! It’s good for everyone!

  26. Great ideas… and sooooo many to choose from; we sooo needed a time out and just went away for the weekend to Daytona; we just returned today and it was AMAZING… what a few days away as a family will do…

  27. We vowed to take the pledge in our family, but we are going to need all the help we can get! I tried to ‘unplug’ on Sundays on my own, but it seems to be the only evening that I can catch up on things without distractions. Your list of things to do for a tech time out is pretty awesome. Pinned it and plan to do them all. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. This is a great list and a fantastic idea. I always get a little sad when I see families out to dinner and everyone is “plugged in” versus enjoying each other’s company. We have always had a a strict no phone, iPad, game console, etc. rule for dinners and I plan to keep it that way.

  29. I especially love the tip about Ronald McDonald’s House. My 6 year old had to be hospitalized when she was an infant and we stayed at one of their facilites. Ever since then we collect soda can pop tops to help and donate to their foundation.. so I really love the idea of cooking for the families staying there…

  30. These are all great ideas! We need to ease up on technology too!

  31. We REALLY need a tech time out… but I don’t see that happening. We do love to get outside and go walking pretty often though, so maybe that counts?

  32. Sandy Cain says:

    Hell, NO, I don’t need a Tech time-out! I live with my frail, homebound 85 year old mom and my disabled brother, and have the care of both of them. If my tech gets taken away, I’ll crawl under the sink with my thumb in my mouth! The computer is my only ME time!