Madison Family Eager To Take “Powering Off” Challenge

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - A pretty normal evening for the Baker family of Madison usually involves a lot of screen time - mom looking at an iPhone, dad busy on an iPad and son gaming on a Kindle Fire.

That's why when Alice, mom to son Riley and a daughter away at college, heard about the WHNT News 19 "Powering Off" Challenge, she was eager to give it a try.

"I think it’s great. I had been thinking about it anyway… wanting to convince the family to do it for Lent," Alice said.

Of course, it won't be easy. As WHNT News 19 talked with the family in their living room about taking the challenge, Riley stayed glued to his tablet.

It's Alice though, who thinks she'll have the hardest time cutting back on screen time. "Facebook will be hard, but not as hard as Pinterest. I’m gonna have to go back to the old fashioned cookbooks," Alice said while laughing.

Alice hopes the 72-hour challenge, in which her family will voluntarily limit use of devices around them as well as social media, might encourage more one-on-one time.

"It’s easy to pick [my smartphone] up and if I can’t sleep at night I’ll play a card game or something like that," Alice said. "Maybe [Riley] will actually study."

"No. No I’m not gonna do that," Riley chimed in. For his part, he'd also be giving up time with favorite video games like Minecraft and Halo.

Alice would like to see her family talk more and stay more in-the-moment - maybe even revisit an old tradition - a family game night.

WHNT News 19 will be checking back in with the Baker family next week to see just how well the challenge went - or didn't. Keep an eye out for their story!

Watch and read our series of reports on Powering Off:

Powering Off: Excessive Internet and Social Media Use and How to Create a Healthy Balance

Madison Family Eager To Take “Powering Off” Challenge

Pastor's Challenge: A Huntsville pastor challenges his congregation to commit to a 21-day digital detox

Powering Off: A Pastor Unplugs