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  • No Gadget, No Problem! Dad Shares 5 Tips On How To Enjoy Weekend Without Wi-Fi

    Fun weekend without internet connection? It's possible!
    by Angela Baylon .
No Gadget, No Problem! Dad Shares 5 Tips On How To Enjoy Weekend Without Wi-Fi
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  • Show of hands parents and guardians who made the internet and their gadgets instant babysitters of their toddlers at least once. No need to deny and be guilty about it. We've all been there, especially in the past couple of years, when we are basically reliant on the internet.

    We have come to a time when the internet and our gadgets have become a necessity. All the more when the pandemic hit and reinforced work from home and online class setups. But, when we're not working, it's important that families find time to disconnect from Wi-Fi and savor meaningful interactions in the real world.

    Yes, having a fun weekend sans an internet connection is possible, and Smart Parenting's first-ever Daddy-Editor-At-Large is here to prove it.

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    Recently moved to the province where internet connection can be spotty, Joey Ong found five ways to make family bonding during the weekends more enjoyable for his toddler son, Joselito, even when there's no Wi-Fi for games or Youtube videos.

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    Joey Ong's 5 Ways To Enjoy Weekends Without Wi-Fi

    1. Go Biking

    Or a walk around your neighborhood. Get fresh air and just bask in the beauty of your surroundings. It only costs free.99 to do this plus, Joey says, "what's good about it is also exercise, 'di ba?"

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    2. You Can Always Play With Almost Anything

    The world is a huge playground. With resourcefulness and just the right amount of creativity, anything can double as a tool to entertain and educate kids.

    For example, Joey uses the decorative blocks and stones found around their probinsya house to teach Joselito about shapes. The founder of DadBudPH also advises parents: "Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty or at least to play around with almost anything that's available kasi it actually improves your creativity as a parent and as a playmate to your kid."

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    3. Be Like A Kid Again

    Be your child's playmate. "Remember when we we're kids, wala namang Wi-Fi? And we used to play with almost anything," Joey noted. So, don't restrict yourself from channeling your inner child.

    However, be prepared to have your stamina tested from all the playing! Just watch our most recent Smart Parenting Exclusive with Joey Ong to see what we mean by that. LOL!

    4. Go Out And Explore

    As we observe improvement in the COVID-19 situation, we can finally take kids outdoors again and get to visit pasyalans. Just make sure to keep in mind basic health protocols and follow them as needed!

    Luckily for Joey and his family, they have neighbors who own farms that they can visit.

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    5. Go Back To Analog

    Introduce kids to activities you also used to do as a kid. For Joey, he sees that Joselito also gets to enjoy painting, reading books, and having fun at the park catching bubbles before they burst. Those are some happy core memories you could build with your child, right there!

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