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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354 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh thats a hard one, never really thought about it, but yes I think we could xx

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  2. maybe a day...but a week, oh my no way!! x

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  3. Electronic toys yes, my girls like more traditional toys but tv i dont know!!!!  

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. hmm life without latop wolud be tough

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  8. 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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  9. Yes -- Can load of camping bits that will keep me going

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  10. 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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  11. I really miss the internet when I don't have it but I could live with the tv or phone
     

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. A definite NO!! - I don't know about the kids but I am definitely addicted to my soaps!

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  15. Anthea Holloway9 July 2012 at 08:41

    Yes, I could do it and love it too!

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

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  17. Son is a cardboard box fan, and plays very well without batteries, but he is 3. I must admit to using the TV for an hour a day so I can get the housework done quicker, I would miss that the most.

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  18. 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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  19. would be reallly hard cbeebies is a godsend x

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  20. No definitely not !!

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  21. 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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  22. I couldn't cope without my computer or my phone, but that's cos I need them for my work, but deffo wouldn't miss the TV!

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  23. Yes. Id do Creative things and go park and play in the garden! we had a power cut recently and relised people are to dependant on electricity and tv ect was a fun experience and me and the kids had a really fun time :)

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  24. I could cope without the TV but not my laptop, I would be in full meltdown by the end of day one.

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  25. Just to let you know. I've done the EON survey but as we're customers I've had to do contact details in hubby's name as he is the account holder. (Ian Gorton) 

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. i think i could just about do it but it would be really hard

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  29.  I don't think any of my family would miss the TV, we very rarely watch it, I don't think I'd cope too well without my laptop, my eldest daughter wouldn't be too happy without her iPad...teenagers!!! I think my hubby & youngest daughter would be ok though, especially my youngest she's really crafty & sporty and loves to read,cook & play her clarinet

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

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  32. 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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  33. I would love to say i dont need electronics but i would be lying! i need my tv!

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

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  35. Theresa Barlas9 July 2012 at 09:40

    excellent prize

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  36. i really dont think we could cope! we need our daily soap fix haha

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  37. I'd find it tough, but the other evening my fiance and I turned off the TV and played Mouse Trap - we looked setting it up together and playing it was fun! :D

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  38. 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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  39.  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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  40. 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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  41. I think it would be extremely difficult but would probably give us a lot more family time and less trivial distractions!

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

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

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  45. I think we'd probably suck! I mean we'd happily live without the TV but no computers would be hard for us. Our son will probably keep turning the XBox on to play his Thomas & Friends DVDs too, who knew 2 year old could be so smart!

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  46. 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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  47. It would be tough initially, but then I would be ok.... possibly...maybe.... 

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

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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. I could manage without everything apart from my computer :)

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  52. I'd manage, could prob do with a week to get ready.

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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. I would love it, although only if my kindle counted as a book and not as a gadget.

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  57. easy peasy  -  the boxes they come in are more fun to play with

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

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

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

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  62. I don't think the kids would cope without their consoles, they'd most probably kill each other and if I didn't have my laptop I'd be climbing the walls

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  63. 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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  64. not at all

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  65. When it comes to children, we all find a way :) Well done!

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

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

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  68. Once upon a time I would have said no but as Charlotte is growing older and getting more of an imagination we don't have time for them. We're far too busy pretending to be in a space rocket or on a safari! x

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  69. Rachel Blackburn9 July 2012 at 14:19

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

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  70. We def coundt cope with out any,We even have to take them on holiday with us as well tats how bad it gets plus it doesnt help as i couldnt live with out my mobile lol

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  71. 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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  72. Yes I could. I am always doing things with the kids - crafts, cooking etc 

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  73. oh i am not sure.. but possibly... i suppose it depends on the weather

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  74. 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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  75. anthony harrington9 July 2012 at 16:04

    no I would struggle! *hands head in shame*

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  76. 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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  77. No . too many electrical gadgets

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  78. I don't watch very much TV so that wouldn't be a problem, however, I may get withdrawal symptoms if I didn't have my laptop.

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  79. 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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  80. I think I could cope as long as my other half didn't cheat when playing scrabble!

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

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

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

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  85. 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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  86. I think my kids would struggle and I dont think I would cope well without my laptop or phone.  You are very brave giving it a go!

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

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

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

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

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

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  92. 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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  93. i would love not to have them for a week. It really upsets me how things seem to revolve around whats on tv and when and ocial net work sites. We  need more family time

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

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  95. We could absolutely cope without electronic toys for a week, but I would struggle without the TV or internet personally!

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  96. 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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  97. Having just had my eldest home ill for a week, I'd like to say yes but sadly...

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

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

    No, not well at all.

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

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  101. Fantastic prize

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  102. No nay never! lol. I dunno how you did it, you deserve a medal, I rely on that 3 mins of curious george at 5pm to keep my lively one year old amused while I prepare dinner

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  103. 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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  104. 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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  105. Yeah, we'd cope - walks, crafts, books, chats, baking. I'd love more time to do those things. 

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  106. 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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  107. 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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  108. Definitely not! Thinking about it seems awful and I wonder how people coped in the old days! I think im quite addicted to the internet when we moved house our bband wasnt getting put in for a few days and within an hour I was having withdrawal symptoms and had to rush out and buy a dongle LOL!

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  109. I love my electronic gadgets - so nope, wouldn't cope well :)

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

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  111. Yes I would, had both TV and laptop die at the same time before and after two days of going cold turkey was OK. The joy of getting them back was wonderful though.

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  112. Probably but my daughter would miss the TV!

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

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  114. I'm confident that we could cope if the weather was fine, but in this rain.....no chance

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

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  116. Doncasteraviators10 July 2012 at 09:27

    Probably cope well, books are great escape

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

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  119. 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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  120. 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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  121. 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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  122. 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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  123. it would be difficult but there is always craft like activities to do

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  124. Never - I would be so bored!

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

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

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  128. 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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  129. 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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  130. Could manage with electronic toys but CBeebies thats another thing

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  131. no problem  -   who am I kidding?

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

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

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  134. 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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  135. 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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  136. 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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  137. I think it would be lovely to have a break from TV and  electronic toys for a couple of days, but not sure we could last a whole week.

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  138. 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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  139. melanie stirling11 July 2012 at 01:22

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

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

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  142. 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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  143. 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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  144. 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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  145. Nancy Bradford11 July 2012 at 18:32

    Not well.

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

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

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  148. colette hallinan11 July 2012 at 20:43

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

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

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  151. I think I'd cope, not so sure about my hubby though!

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

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  153. 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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  154. I would not cope very well at all I like to be constantly entertained and so do my boys! x

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  155. i would not cope at all as i love to be entertained and so do my boys we would be bored 

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

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  157. 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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  158. 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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  159. i honestly dont think i would, i love to relax infront of the laptop / telly in the evenings. it wouldnt be a problem for my son tho :)

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  160. 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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  161. It would be my iPhone I missed most
    @clairelouise82

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  162. I think we would be able to cope not sure hubby would agree about leaving the xbox alone 

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  163. I could cope without my phone

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  164. As long as I had my laptop, everything else culd go, I couldn't not see Jake on Skype for a week!
    My phone could be switched off, my Wii & Wii fitboard could stay where they are, Think I'd cope, not sure anyone younger than me would cope without their phone as they have their whole lives inside it.
    Do you know there is more technology in an average mobile phone than in the Apollo 11 space rocket that went to the moon!  Scary how far we've come in what is relatively a few years.

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

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  166. 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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  167. 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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  168. 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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  169. 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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  170. It would be hard but we'd cope! :-)

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  171. Definitely not!

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  172. I'm not too sure, I think a few days then I think I would start to g crazy lol

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

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

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  176. The kids go into meltdown when we have a power cut.  But then...I was just as bad.  Insisting on trying to put lights on and boiling the kettle ;-)

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  177. 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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  178. 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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  179. I think it would be chaos in our house

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  180. absolute torture

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  181. 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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  182. 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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  183. I actually love getting away from it all with no tv - it is so relaxing

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

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

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

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

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

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