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Digital Detox: AKA Quality Time (Plus Mastermind Games Giveaway)

I am guilty of many, many mom fails. I do almost everything wrong at least once or twice when it comes to parenting. By far, my most egregious error is relying on technology to entertain the princess.

It all started innocently enough. As a single mom, I needed something to occupy her time while I did dishes after dinner. So, I introduced her to my friend Elmo and he took care of business while I did quick chores around the house. This unfortunately led to a habit of turning on the television for entertainment.

As if that weren’t bad enough, Santa brought a hand held video game and an iPod a few years later. Now, I struggle with getting the television turned off on a daily basis. I have recently been successful in occasionally getting her to choose music over the noise of the television, but to me it’s all noise these days.

I am happy to participate this week in Digital Detox Week.

Animal Mastermind TowersThe princess and I recently received a gift from Pressman Games. We love playing Mastermind Animal Tower. This is a great age appropriate thinking game for her to play. Best of all, I like to play too. It’s not one of those kid games that feels like grown up torture (like Chutes and Ladders does).

So, we will be turning off the TV and playing games, putting puzzles together and going to the park. (Please note, I also really dislike the park, but I love listening to her giggle on the swings, so I’ll take the trade off.)

Every time we turn off the noise, I’m always a little nervous about running out of things to do. But, as it turns out, the princess and I enjoy one another’s company. Time always passes way too quickly. We make great memories. And, I usually forget the camera—but, that’s technology, so I’ll have to give myself a pass on that one.

If you’d like to create your own unplugged memories, Pressman games has a gift for you too! They are giving one of our readers Mastermind & Mastermind Towers in celebration of Digital Detox Week. Simply leave a comment here, and let us know what you’re doing to unplug. You can earn additional entries by:

  • Subscribing to our site by email or RSS
  • Following @MASTERMINDgame and @MiscMom on Twitter
  • Writing about this giveaway (blog, forum, public Facebook note)
  • Tweeting about this giveaway: Win a @MASTERMINDgame set from @MiscMom! {link}

For your extra entries to be counted, be sure to leave an additional comment directing us to your entry. Only one additional entry per method (i.e. While multiple tweets are appreciated it, only one will count as a drawing entry.) The contest runs until 9/28 at 11:59pm est. One winner will be notified by email on 9/29 and receive Mastermind and Mastermind Towers. Winner will have 48 hours to contact us or a new winner will be chosen.


I was provided with Mastermind Towers after meeting Pressman Games at BlogHer, but the opinion is 100% real.

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Article by FairyTaleMom

My name is Mom. I live in Fairy Tale Land with a Pirate, a Fairy and the Princess. My job duties include: head cook, Chief Executive of Laundry Operations, Vacuum Maintenance Engineer, Chief of Picking up Random objects and Primary Sherpa. I spend a great deal of time carrying sparkly, sequined, glitter covered tutus and miscellaneous dance shoes for the Princess. I long for moments of quiet and a mani/pedi. Trying to strike a balance between being a grown up and being a good mom. FairyTaleMom tagged this post with: , Read 52 articles by

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21 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Michelle says:

    Hey we love games–what a fun giveaway!!

  2. Carole Spring says:

    We are turning off the TV, Wii, and computer.
    blondie_31971(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. Sheila says:

    We’ll be reading lots of story books.

  4. Katie says:

    We’re reading lots of books together.

  5. Jodi says:

    We’re turning off the TV and video games and playing games and reading together!

  6. sarah zblewski says:

    I would love a new game to play with the kids

  7. andrea says:

    We exercise and play outside a lot

  8. Jennifer Barr says:

    playing games outside …like frisbee

  9. Jennifer Barr says:

    Subscribing to our site by email or RSS

  10. Jennifer Barr says:

    Following @MASTERMINDgame and @MiscMom on Twitter

    @jennifer57

    chevybelair1@Juno.com

  11. Steph says:

    We’re soaking up all the time outside that we can get!

  12. Lisa G. says:

    We have been going for lots of bike rides after school and try the make it to the park every weekend if the weather lets us.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  13. Lisa G. says:

    I’m subscribed to your emails.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  14. Steph says:

    i follow you both on twitter @desmoinesdealin

  15. Lisa G. says:

    I Tweeted this giveaway. http://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/25842379422
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  16. Emma says:

    I subscribed by email.

  17. Emma says:

    I follow @MASTERMINDgame & @MiscMom on twitter.

  18. Emma says:

    (Sorry, forgot my main entry, here it is)

    I simply take the kids to the movie & let everyone got their favourite snack. We also play the arcade games afterwards – the dancing mat machine.

  19. Kelly Ann T. says:

    We are heading outdoors and we have planned a hike to help clean up a local trail. The neighbors are joining us.

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