Saturday, April 16, 2011

Turn off the Tube

In which Going Green Mama hopes for a little peace and quiet... It's time to spring clean our house, and I'm not just talking about clutter. Winter means the slippery slope of more screen time. More cooking and home improvement shows watched. More movies brought home from the library. And more times of someone being busted with the Leapster in her bedroom closet. Swapping our cable provider and its bank of recorded shows hasn't seemed to make a dent. So Turn off the TV Week, which begins Monday, is the perfect excuse to take a break. I'm looking forward to a week without sports shows, without being glued to the morning news, without wondering whether the movies have been returned or having an after-school battle over TV. I'm looking forward to playing in the garden, taking long walks, teaching my child to ride her bike and cooking the recipes I've checked out on the screen. And perhaps, in the process, we'll have spring-cleaned our lives.

8 comments:

Willo said...

We live tv free all the time and find it really frees up time for other things. I also find that the kids are much more creative and inventive because of it. Not to mention that they don't have commercialitis.

Canadian Doomer said...

We've been tv-free since Christmas. I wouldn't go back to having it on, not for anything. Too many benefits to getting rid of it.

granola catholic said...

we have been tv free since Lent started and we are loving it. We do have movie night from time to time. I wish we could have gotten rid of our tv's all together but we live in an area with severe weather and do need to stay abreast of that this time of year. Good Luck with no TV this week.

AmazinAlison said...

What a great idea!

I'd love to hear tips on how people entertain 3 year olds w/o TV (that sound HORRIBLE) when they are doing things like laundry, cleaning, cooking, getting ready in the morning. When I have time, I do my best to include my son in these activities, but in the morning on the way to school for example, I run around doing stuff leaving him in the dust and if he wants social interaction he goes for a netflix on my laptop...

Canadian Doomer said...

Granola Catholic - I've always found the radio to be far more useful for hearing weather reports. I wouldn't even have thought of using the tv for that!

Alison - I have a 1 & 3 year old, and there are definitely times that I'd love to stick them in front of the tv. When I REALLY feel desperate, well, my laptop plays Thomas the Tank Engine dvd's just fine. I guess that mostly, though, I've stopped thinking of it as my job to entertain them. They have a living room full of books and a bedroom with plenty of toys.

Simply Authentic said...

Love this. We are currently cable free, although hub will watch the occasional sports game via the internet. We still Netflix but it's been great to have less constant noise from the tube after our move back to Oregon. Hope you enjoy the tube free week!

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We have our new LCD TV since feb 11.

robbie @ Going Green Mama said...

Allison - the good news is with a 3 yr old they are finally getting to entertain themselves (as you've guessed). So you can encourage handson stuff like trains, legos etc. while you're cleaning, which buys some time, or you can have helpers!

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