Disclosure- this post was brought to you by A&W. All opinions are my own.
Getting the whole family to unplug from their devices for just an hour this summer has turned into a huge feat. We are all so spoiled by having the answer to any question in the palm of our hands, being entertained on a whim, and having the ability to communicate with everyone at our fingertips. It was getting out of hand and I felt like my family was watching the rest of the world make memories while our summer was slipping by.
After reading about the A&W challenge where you pledge to spend 1 technology free hour every Friday night doing something social with your family, I knew it was something I had to participate in. My family was all in and loved the idea, but it wasn’t easy. Every ding on a device made us worry. What if something is wrong with a family member and we aren’t acknowledging it? It makes me wonder what our parents did before the days of cell phones. We survived the first technology free hour spending time as a family- we made root beer floats for the first time, and played board games. Surprisingly my 7 year old asked when we could do it again! Since that day, I try to make a point of limiting our technology use more often. It’s not always easy and sometimes there’s some whining, but after we get into an activity the kids seem to not even notice their iPods dinging in the corner.
A&W’s 100th Anniversary Family Fun Night Pledge details
A&W is celebrating 100 years of sweet family memories by calling on its fans to create new ones. This summer, A&W Root Beer invites families to take the pledge to go technology-free for 1 hour on Friday nights and make family fun to remember for years to come.
For every pledge made, A&W will give a coupon redeemable for a FREE 2 liter of Root Beer to help make family time even sweeter.
Families can take the pledge at www.rootbeer.com
To help provide families with everything they need to jumpstart their Family Fun Nights this summer, A&W also debuts a first-of-its-kind Family Fun Night box, featuring a carefully curated selection of novelty items and essentials for creating root beer floats at home, to help make family time even more memorable.
The limited-edition, fun-inducing box is available while supplies last at www.rootbeer.com.
Root beer floats have come a long way since my husband and I were kids. There are now recipes on the A&W website for interesting flavor combinations. The Campfire float sounds delicious and will be the next thing on our list of things to try during family time.