I found this in Woman's Day this month and thought it was worth repeating.

"In her new book, Real Solutions for Busy Moms, Kathy Ireland reveals how she does it:

Getting our three kids ready and off to school in the morning can be hectic. On those days, everyone feels a bit crabby and frazzled (including me). I have a rule for the car: Video games and cell phones, including mine, get turned off. Our drive to school takes about 12 minutes, and for that short period, I talk with the kids about what's going on in their lives. Sometimes we'll play word games too. By the time we arrive at school, frowns have turned into smiles, worries have faded away, and the kids are ready to tackle a new day. When we're in that bubble, we're insulated from the world's pressures. It our time to focus on each other."

I tried to find a link to it on the net, but no such luck so this credit is in lieu of a link.

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I love this idea, to use the time in the car to BE with each other- the world has crept into every aspect of our lives and it's nice to have a place where it can be controlled. good thought today.

This is such a great reminder! Our family often goes weeks without watching TV and our DVD player/VCR just broke (with no immediate plans for replacing it) so that means no movies either. We play the Wii together but no handheld video games for thekids.

Jeff and I know that we are weird but we love being that way when it has such a positive impact on the kids. Whenever people wonder how Jeff and I find time for XYZ that is usually the answer...less technology (of course, I can't live without my computer though! lol).

Becky, we did the same thing. Our TV broke when our children were very young and we never replaced it. Once on a Wednesday night, the Bishop stopped by and we were all sitting around in the living room visiting and he asked if he had interrupted Home Evening. Our children are all great communicators. Good for you.