Too much screen time, as in our smartphones, tablets, computers and TV is a real issue for many of us. I know I am conscious of the amount of time I waste aimlessly scrolling through Facebook or Instagram. I won’t even mention those nights I am slumped, zombielike in front of the telly, watching a film I didn’t even like much the first time I saw it! For parents it’s even more of an issue, as kids become addicted to games, their phones, YouTube etc. A friend of mine, Emma, is not yet struggling with screen issues. In fact, she smugly believed her two little ones, Imogen, two, and Thomas, five, were very ‘at one’ with nature. But after watching an excellent doco about getting kids into the wild, because these days it happens so rarely, she and her hubby Martin thought they should probably organise a proper bush outing. How did it go, I asked her in an email. Her reply? “Things were FAR WORSE THAN I THOUGHT! As we got out of the car Imogen asked daddy why his phone wouldn’t stop ringing – it was a BIRD! She then started screaming because she’d spotted a ‘cockroach’ (which was actually a bee), and all the while Thomas was having a tantrum because he thought the birds I’d mentioned we would see were going to be in cages??! Anyway, head in hands, Martin and I realised we needed far longer in the wild than previously thought. So we gave them some sticks and told them we were there all morning. It was great in the end and far more fun than either of the kids had thought. Which was exactly the conclusion of the doco!” I’d love to hear how your family tackles the issue of screen-time vs nature!