Monday, 9 July 2012

E.ON Challenge: The End

Hooray the end is here; it has been harder than running a marathon (and given my Garfield tendencies that says a lot!).  I shall need to celebrate now with a large glass of wine or copious amounts of tea and cake.

I have missed lazy mornings filled with cartoons whilst I nurse a cup of tea and try and prise my eyes open at silly o’clock.  When we had monsoon like rain I did question why I thought this challenge was a good idea…

The house has definitely felt the strain with all the materials for getting creative. Having done some painting, playdoh and playmais, artistic mess reigned supreme!


But my boys seem to have benefited from spending more quality time playing together.  Youngest seems to have developed a natural flair at small Lego building.  Eldest has done me proud waiting so patiently to play his new Skylanders character, that has been tempting him from the Christmas in July goody bag.

We have made Cookies


Hunted for four-leaf clovers


Reviewed fun new toys luckily without batteries (Octopals, Shoulder Buddies and Fire Power) 


Had a surprisingly lot of mileage just with a cardboard box!  


For eldest it has not been too bad as for the most of it he is in school, and then he also has karate twice a week.  He felt it most when he had another playdate on Friday and was desperate to show his friend his wii games in action, so instead he got them all and explained what you did in each one, which showed huge self control. 

Youngest has had a few tantrums this week; he has missed being tucked in a blanket watching some television.  I have read more books to compensate, which appeased him somewhat.  He also has a shorter attention span so moves onto different activities quickly, just as you barely set him up one; he is ready to start the next.

I think with reflection the boys have coped much better than me.  But I do not have their energy levels.  The television/wii used in moderation lets me catch up with chores and the general chaos of life with two young boys.

Would I do this again…?

Ask me in a few months!

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269 comments:

  1. Kate Cunningham9 July 2012 at 07:58

    Personally I couldn't do without my macbook these days, but I could amuse the children without electronic games. (easy to say since mine are grown up now and I only have my grandchildren for short periods of time) I used to make loads of guddly things with my kids. Painting, sand, glueing, blocks, baking, dressing up, outdoor stuff in garden, walks up woods. Loved it. When my girls were little I didn't have a lot of money and used to make toys - a toy cooker covered in vinyl made from a pampers box (they used to come in big boxes) lasted for ages, as did a knitted postman pat and jess the cat (still around!) Money can't buy the time you spend playing and enjoying your children. You can't get that opportunity again once they grown up.

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  2. Wow, congratulations on completing the challenge! This is really one heck of a challenge in our modern day living scenario's....the thought of no internet or computer would be the biggest nightmare for me! I think we could do it for a week if we really put our minds to it....as a family we love playing board games together, and if the weather was nice, there is always a lovely stroll along our coastline in the evenings....yes, we could, I'm almost positive!

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  3. Not sure how we would cope! My son loves a bit of TV in the afternoon and it gives me a chance to clean up the house! A great challenge that I am definately going to try! Well done!

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  4. I would miss my laptop but that's all.  I would just take the kids for days out - I'm sure we could all cope for a week though - it would be nice!  Just like being on holiday abroad really!

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  5. I'd miss my computer and internet, but as a family we don't watch much tv,  the boys love playing with army men/fireman sam/octonauts toys, and many many more, that they just use imagination with. To be truthful if it was a glorious sunny week, then no we wouldn't miss it, but a wet cold dreary dark week and then yes we would!  xx

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  6. i would feel rather lost without t'interweb but could easily give up tv for ever lol but if you took my mobile away it would be the worst, would be very panicky :-s

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  7. I dont think we would , when we have a power cut for a few hours we never know what to do , sat round candles doing nothing lol cos everthing we want to do needs electric

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  8. Anthea Holloway9 July 2012 at 08:41

    Yes, I could do it and love it too!

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  9. No - we can't live without cbeebies !

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  10. No way, little one loves his Mr Tumble and to be honest he does learn his signs better from that than just me teaching him.

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  11. would be reallly hard cbeebies is a godsend x

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  12. No definitely not !!

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  13. I'd miss my netbook and internet a lot, but I'm sure we could manage, and would probably find it fun

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  14. Hiya...
    I'd like to think I could. 
    Having arthritis means limited mobility and ability to do much while I am stiff and in pain...Having said that, putting the arthritis aside, I would simply revisit my crafting hobbies and reading. I would also make dens and have living room picnics...and sleep a lot. When Rosie lets me.
    I agree with Angela below, I would also be in full meltdown by the end of the first day. Rocking back and forth in the corner...

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  15. I think we could manage in the summer as we are out playing most of the time but the winter and rainy days could be tricky!

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  16. i think i could just about do it but it would be really hard

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  17. I would cope but only just. My grandson is so active I would be dead at the end of the week. He and I just need that little bit of still time were he has his bottle and I get to sit down, even if it is just 10 mins. He loves Curious George but is a little small to be into electronic games.

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  18. YAY Well done on sticking to it!!! I know I couldn't do it!!!!

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  19. Just done the survey, I am 54% fit which surprised me. Energy rated C. THought I would have a better percentage than that.

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  20. I would like to think I could but being honest it would be near impossible ;)

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  21. Theresa Barlas9 July 2012 at 09:40

    excellent prize

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  22. i think we would find it hard wihtout tv n electric toys for a whole week, mainly because of the tv! it gives the children chance to sit in once place and relax sometimes, so comes in handy when they are overtired or going a bit crazy!

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  23.  I think it would be hard but we would cope, they don't watch much TV, my children love making anything models, cakes drawing etc this would give me a chance to spend more time with them ! BRILL PRIZES!

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  24. I think we'd manage but the kids would moan a lot. It'd be a case of getting out the puzzle, board games and colouring pencils to entertain the kids. 

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  25. my children would love it i would be their entertainment making things out of old packets and painting,i would enjoy creating things with them but not much housework would be done!

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  26. We would cope - I mean, humans coped before those things!

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  27. Yes would love it but would look forward to getting back

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  28. Hilda Hazel Wright9 July 2012 at 10:52

    We used to have a caravan that we went to every weekend when my son was younger and we had loads of fun there; dens, dingy on the river, rope swings and tree climbing, footie, BBQ's, other kids to play with.  But as he got a bit older (still under 10) he became a sulky nightmare to take there as there was no TV or computer.  It made it such a misery that we ended up selling the caravan!  Yes you can cope without, but in the end it depends on how your kids take it!  ;-)

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  29. No way....couldnt last an hour in our house!

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  30. Lindsaychadburn239 July 2012 at 10:56

    well my kids have hardly been near the tv and computers since the start of the summer holidays as the weather has been dry and they have made new friends with little girls the street over so ive only been seeing my 2 if they need fed or the toilet, its raining today so we are making bracelets then cookies and maybe paining later, love all the fun times.xxx

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  31. Teresa nichols9 July 2012 at 11:02

    i wouldnt survive without them the kids would drive me mad and i wouldnt get anything done x

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  32. I could manage without everything apart from my computer :)

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  33. Yes it wouldn't be too much of a problem. I'm sure the kids would miss their programmes and DVDs but so long as they are kept busy they can easily live without it. They don't have many electronic toys but I think they would miss the few they do have.

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  34. Yes I think we would cope easily, both my kids love to read and we do things as a family. we all play Basket Ball in our garden weekends to see who will clear away/wash up etc.

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  35. michelle evans9 July 2012 at 11:32

    I could definately cope without tv. I've never been mad on tv anyway would rather have music on all day.  Electronic toys well it is down to parenting really. if we cope the children eventually would as well. :0

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  36. I would love it, although only if my kindle counted as a book and not as a gadget.

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  37. Nope! But at least I'm honest.... ;-)

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  38. no, i really need the tv to unwind and escape reality for an hour a day!

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  39. Suzanne Sendell9 July 2012 at 12:23

    I think I could but night time lights not on could be a problem and I dont fancy using candles

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  40. I would cope without them but not my laptop, that would drive me mad

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  41. I don't know how you have managed! I would like to think I could do it but a sure the reality would be quite a challenge! Well done x

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  42. not at all

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  43. I think I could do without them if I lived in village or went on holiday

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  44. yes it would be a blessed relief ! bring it on !

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  45. Rachel Blackburn9 July 2012 at 14:19

    we could handle a day, but no way a week!

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  46. As much as it saddens me, no we couldn't ! If I didn't have cbeebies how would I fob the kids off every afternoon for me to have a cuppa in peace ?! xxx

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  47. I couldn't kids tv is a great for when i need the older ones busy for a bit whilst i'm feeding the youngest.

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  48. anthony harrington9 July 2012 at 16:04

    no I would struggle! *hands head in shame*

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  49. If the weather was nice then I think we would be fine - but if we were stuck indoors we would struggle 

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  50. No . too many electrical gadgets

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  51. Tink Rhonda Lee Mse9 July 2012 at 16:55

    I wouldn't cope at all without the TV, I love it and it's a distraction, would hate to miss my favourite programs.

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  52. FionaLynne Edwards9 July 2012 at 18:37

    I don't think I'd do too well - I love my iPad too much!

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  53. I would spend the time reading.  I have got so many books to read would be lovely to catch up.

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  54. Yes, I'd like to live without electronic entertainment for a week. It would make me read ore.

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  55. I,m with Paul could'nt do without my laptop.

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  56. I would not be able to cope without TV, its my wind down time at night and keeps me sane, and a little of it in the daytime to occupy my son while I cook tea does the same again, otherwise I would be constantly pestered.  Would also miss my PC lots as its like a third arm these days, what did I do before the internet came along???

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  57. Yes, I'd miss my computer, but it'd probably do the whole family some good!

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  58. I think we will struggle without iphone for entertainment!

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  59. I DON'T THINK  THE KIDS WOULD BUT I WOULD

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  60. The thought makes me struggle but think it would be very refreshing!

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  61. Don't think we would cope a day. Perhaps I should try.

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  62. jennifer thorpe9 July 2012 at 21:58

    absolutely, my children are really into crafting and they love to read. The TV is hardly ever on

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  63. Absolutely, we always manage when we are on holiday & no-one ever complains!!

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  64. Lynsey Buchanan9 July 2012 at 22:23

    Yes i think we would for a week ot two but more than that deffo not x

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  65. No we would cope extremely badly which is a a real shame

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  66. Carl and Victoria Boland9 July 2012 at 22:47

    No, not well at all.

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  67. Best thing to ground children is a week camping... no tv, computers, games consoles etc... brilliant

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  68. Fantastic prize

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  69. I was living in Japan when the big earthquake occurred and had to cope without electricity and heating then. Amazing in circumstances like that how people can adapt and easily get used to getting back to basics.

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  70. i simply couldnt live without electronics!! gadgets, tv, laptop, iphone - seriously, shudder at the thought! i had no laptop from sat night through to this afternoon - longest 48 hours ever! x

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  71. Yeah, we'd cope - walks, crafts, books, chats, baking. I'd love more time to do those things. 

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  72. Yes I think we would cope well although longer than this I reckon cracks would begin to show within all of us lol :)

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  73. Danielle Vedmore10 July 2012 at 00:12

    I think you would have to! How did people in the olden days cope! xoxo

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  74. I think the children would cope a lot better than me.

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  75. Probably but my daughter would miss the TV!

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  76. I would cope but it would be very difficult!

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  77. I would cope fine I think. I did in Africa for 7 weeks and it was really liberating!

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  78. Doncasteraviators10 July 2012 at 09:27

    Probably cope well, books are great escape

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  79. No, I definetly wouldn't! I love to read and chat and do other things but I would miss my sky planner and my daughter would miss Spongebob!

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  80. I think my children would cope  but I wouldn't especially in the evenings after they have gone to bed

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  81. Nathalie Taylor10 July 2012 at 10:33

    I think we would be able to cope, but probably only for a week any longer then i think it would be a problem xx

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  82. Well done. Would love to try this. I think we would cope but may struggle, especially when using the tv to keep my LO busy whilst im doing cooking, cleaning etc. 

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  83. Not a chance, with 7 children in this house ranging from 3-15 years  electronic gadgets are what keep me sane, well laptop anyway ;-)

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  84. Me and the kids have done this several times before, living so close to the beach makes it slightly easier though.

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  85. it would be difficult but there is always craft like activities to do

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  86. Never - I would be so bored!

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  87. Super (ish) Mum!10 July 2012 at 13:45

    Very very brave and really good to 'un plug' the children and allow them to enjoy the natural world.... Inspiring!

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  88. Yes!  In fact it's a lot more fun.

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  89. I think we'd struggle without Peppa Pig on the telly :)

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  90. Tamalyn Roberts10 July 2012 at 16:22

    probably not! the kids would be great tho and we could play all sots of fun games and build forts etc

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  91. no as quite handy for little one to watch a bit of tv while i'm washing up and then I know she's not up to no good

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  92. Could manage with electronic toys but CBeebies thats another thing

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  93. no problem  -   who am I kidding?

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  94. I wouldn't cope at all! :)

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  95. it would be difficult but there is always other activities to do

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  96. Hell no. My son like to have my attention 24/7, so to have 10 mins peace I thank the lord for angry birds

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  97. It would be hard! I do try not to have the tv on much in the day but electronic toys would be hard! x

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  98. Martina Pichova10 July 2012 at 22:27

    A week would be Ok  - if it was a month, I am not that sure.

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  99. Susanne Temlett11 July 2012 at 01:00

    There are so many other things to do, a week would be a refreshing change to shake you out of routine, but I don't think it would be good long-term 

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  100. melanie stirling11 July 2012 at 01:22

    I don't think we would cope very well to be honest !

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  101. stephanie tsang11 July 2012 at 08:46

    I think we'd cope fairly well. My daughter loves drawing and craft activities and I'd probably take her to the park to play.

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  102. the kids and i would but my hubby would miss the xbox too much lol!!

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  103. I think I would do OK, of course the TV, and laptop would be a huge miss for all of us but I think it could be fun - we would end up spending our time as a family having fun

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  104. I think I would there is a big wide world out there, that just needs exploring, the kids would love to get down and dirty, worm hunting, leaf printing, little garden making.

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  105. Have to admit I would rather not! But if necessary we would have to occupy ourselves making stuff, baking or colouring. Pauline Wilson.

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  106. Nancy Bradford11 July 2012 at 18:32

    Not well.

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  107. We could cope without TV, but not without the computer or DS!

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  108. My children would, but i couldn't cope without my PC.

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  109. colette hallinan11 July 2012 at 20:43

    My kids would cope fine but I'd really struggle without my laptop!

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  110. I think we would be fine my girls don't watch a lot of tv but they may miss peppa pig!!!

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  111. i wouldnt be able to cope,i think ill have withdrawal symptoms lol

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  112. Could cope without tv but would be lost without my computer.

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  113. I
    would like to think that I would cope without electronic toys, TV etc
    for a week, but in reality I'd probably fall apart!
     

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  114. We can cope - we'd spend more time together and get more done thats for sure!

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  115. Hayley pemberton13 July 2012 at 16:10

    I would like to think I could cope but I dont think I could tear myself away from the computer. It would be nice to be more creative and spend more time with the kids.

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  116. i think my 3 children would cope a lot better than myself but im sure we would be able to do it and get more creative

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  117. Probably fairly well. The children would whine and miss the tv but we would manage fine keeping ourselves occupied. They children have no electronic r battery powered toys. We would have a fab time with the pavement chalk, baking, building towers, reading etc...

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  118. I could cope without my phone

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  119. If we had the right toys to play with I don't see why not :)

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  120. innocentcharmer14 July 2012 at 14:40

    God no, my little boy is disabled and his only enjoyment is TV, I would be lost xx

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  121. It can be done and makes a great change, suddenly your children discover toys they haven't used for ages, and its great family time.

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  122. I think I would cope fine and it would be a nice change... perhaps I need to organise a week out camping :)

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  123. I would find it really hard to live without the TV for my son it is definitely needed when I'm feeding my daughter, although we try and keep it off the rest of the time.

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  124. Definitely not!

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  125. we would because they have plenty of wooden toys.

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  126. I would struggle! But it would make me think of lots of carfty things to do with things I already have

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  127. Would fine it a bit hard because children have got so used to them

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  128. Alison Wakefield15 July 2012 at 15:17

    I would love to lose all gadget's & TV and get everyone outside for some fresh air all week on there bike's they wouldn't like it but would do them all a world of good.

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  129. ashleigh allan15 July 2012 at 19:38

    I think i would find it quite difficult - would miss the tv for the times when i need 5 mins to make the tea and peppa pig keeps the kids occupied! I think the kids would get on better than me!

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  130. absolute torture

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  131. We did pretty much when away last week but then we were busy doing stuff out of the apartment. However, if home, I would find it very difficult. 

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  132. i could definatly go without tv even though i would miss it but if i was without my blackberry i think i would go into meltdown!

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  133. Im always to busy to watch tv either that or my boyfriend is on xbox

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  134. I don't think we'd cope well without tv. I use it for winding down each evening.

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  135. probaly would cope ok actually is only usually on as background noise half the time anyway to be honest .

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  136. I could absolutely not. I'd be sitting in a corner rocking lol.

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  137. NO! I am addicted to the internet!!

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  138. A week yes, 2 weeks not at all!

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  139. I'd think not but I bet, if we had to do it, we'd all rediscover the joys of being a family!

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  140. Jeremy Andrews21 July 2012 at 10:43

    I think so. There is always stories, outside stuff, baking and colouring in.
     

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  141. I'd survive, I love the peace and quiet of no TV and phone etc!

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  142. yes i could. x

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  143. herecomestrouble21 July 2012 at 23:56

    I think I could manage as hardly get to see much TV in my house as it is - theres always childrens tv on or some kind of fishing programme xx

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  144. You would just get used to it.( We are radio lovers anyway. ) Ther are plety other activities to do.

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  145. Victoria leedham22 July 2012 at 22:31

    I would miss being online, I check I whenever I can! The kids are quite happy not bothering with tv as long as the sun in shining,

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  146. Probably not haha!

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  147. Wow what a busy week.  Would love to win especially for the paddington bear :)

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  148. devilsoundwave22 July 2012 at 23:53

    Not sure I could do that, well done!

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  149. I think I could cope, as long as the weather was nice!

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  150. Pandorasbox44423 July 2012 at 21:27

    I think it could be hard but do able

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  151. Caroline French23 July 2012 at 21:47

    I think the first day would be tough but they'd soon forget about tv and as long as the sun was shining my two toddlers (3 ans 2) would be totally content with the park and garden or playing with friends. probably do us all good and encourage us to create new games and adventures in the house too!

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  152. Yes! Mine are still quite young (5, 3 and 1) so very happy to just sit and look at books, do jigsaws or colour if it's rainy :)

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  153. secondtimemummy25 July 2012 at 00:25

    You know what - I think thats just what we need in our house. I may challenge the family! Great idea!!

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  154. Katherine De Riera25 July 2012 at 06:52

    I'm not sure, my boys love telly, but if the weather was good I would take them out to the3 park, for walks etc. It would be me that couldn't cope without Eastenders :)

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  155. Yes, definitely. There are plenty of other things to amuse children - activity books, crafts, jigsaws, reading books, etc plus the outdoors

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  156. I definitely could cope without electronic toys & TV for more than a week

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  157. Of course I would -  what's a TV ?

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  158. This prize will keep Lilly amused until she is ready for nursery

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  159. It would be difficult, but it's possible!

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  160. CharlieMonstersFunHouse25 July 2012 at 20:47

    we would cope- we spend most of oyr time in the garden during the summer months x

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  161. I think we could cope, although my eldest game obsessed son would struggle the most. Luckily living 15mins from the beach would be a lifesaver!

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  162. I think it would be really difficult but possible. The kids would probably cope better than I would!

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  163. My daughter is only 20 months old, so yes, I would cope easily. Ask me in a few years time, and the answer will change. :)

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  164. Would be able to cope providing the weather was good 

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  165. Simon Thompson26 July 2012 at 12:25

    sadly, it would be difficult

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  166. This has got me thinking tbh, big ones and little one probably need less tv/gaming time

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  167. Kelli flanagan26 July 2012 at 17:15

    Whilst it would be hard it would also encourage us as a family to spend quality time together playing board games and being arty 

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  168. Christine Bray26 July 2012 at 18:31

    I would definately struggle there is such an age gap between mine 2 & 7

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  169. I thnk we'd be OK - as long as the sun carries on shining, lots to do outside!

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  170. me and my husband are very tempted to try this challenge! We've tested it out with a day of no electric entertainment and we all enjoyed it more than we expected. Well done to you for managing it :)

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  171. Micky Ricketts26 July 2012 at 21:23

    Probably not, electronics seem to be the only thing that keeps  my special needs 11yr old entertained (even for a short while!)

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  172. Blondecurlysarah26 July 2012 at 21:45

    Probably not! Sounds awful, but you do rely on a bit of tv after dinner to sort dishes and calm down ready for bath and bed. People probably main, but I suspect the majority do it- all ok in moderation.

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  173. Fashionstartshere27 July 2012 at 08:54

    As long as it's sunny then I think I would!

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  174. Hi,

    Yes no bother. I could knit when I was seven so I would teach my kids how to knit. Other activities like, baking, colouring in. I also love switching the t.v off and playing board games like ludo and snakes and ladders. A good way for the whole family to be involved in some quality time. If the weather is dry then a good walk or a cycle and if raining if you don't want stuck in, a trip to the swimming pool. Unwinding time after dinner, read a book.

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  175. Lorraine Polley27 July 2012 at 12:09

    as long as the weather is good my grandson is happy to play outside or go for a walk to the beach with our dog, but he would probably be happy when the week was over!

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  176. Probably, as my son loves playing with the non-electronic toys and reading books as much as playing with electronic toys!

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  177. Yes I would find other activities to do. As I child I was bought up without all this technology..... toys were just plain and simple. I spent most of my time outdoors in the summer months. So I would cope easily and I think my children would adapt too.

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  178. I would be lost without my computer. Strange how not so long since, none of this would have bothered us.

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  179. No, I couldn't do without my laptop.

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  180. No, i could not live without my computer, laptop or tv

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  181. I hope I would - my 4 do play quite well together and when anything electrical is banned for the day they become very imaginative.

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  182. no, i need by gadets!

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  183. Emma M L Bradshaw27 July 2012 at 22:15

    OK if distracted - we were camping for 4 days and no one mentioned TV but there was lots to see and do!

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  184. I think we would cope, my youngest prefers lego and playing outdoors, and the teenager is never home to watch tv!

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  185. depends on the weather...if its raining no wayyyyyyyy

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  186. As long as the weather was kind.

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  187. samantha_ripley27 July 2012 at 23:09

    i think it would be a struggle, i remember having a power cut for an entire day and we got a bit stressed hehe we would get though it though

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  188. Omg well done you! Without my kettle and laptop I would be lost! My children would cope a lot better I'm sure - though like your wee boy the absence of skylanders for a week would be a challenge :-D

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  189. Maddy McLaughlin28 July 2012 at 10:25

    Wouldn't miss games, but no fridge would be a disaster!

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  190. Natalieholland28 July 2012 at 11:33

    I could cope by myself, but certainly my eldest son loves his computer and the odd dose of TV or a dvd can certainly be helpful when I need to get dinner ready, so it would be hard!  Definitely, but I would adapt, it might actually be better.

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  191. kayleigh bates28 July 2012 at 12:06

    My daughter would be fine, I would have a nervous breakdown though 

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  192. Helen Stratton28 July 2012 at 12:31

    Yes and it would be lovely!!!

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  193. Yes, I think it would be a nice change, but I imagine it wouldn't last long!

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