I must admit: I don’t know if we’ll ever go back.
Why we did it
Due to a collection of factors: financial burden of cable bill when we could be using that money for much more important things as well as the kids developing certain attitudes around television shows and commercials.
Awesome side-effects of no TV
- Our family is in the same whereabouts more times than not. Before, when TV was an option, everyone would disperse to separate areas of the house to watch their own shows. Now, we all hang out… together.
- We fill our TV-watching time with crafting, drawing, playing, cooking, and art
- We read more- all of us. My older boys have discovered a love for reading that I am afraid would have been overshadowed by TV or video games.
- We visit the library a few times a week- for books, DVDs and CDs.
- Netflix, Hulu, Amazon’s Video On Demand, Redbox, or actually going to the movie theater can give us entertainment if we want to watch something, and now it’s actually a special occasion rather than a constant part of our lives
Our stance on video games
We have a Wii but hadn’t plugged it in all year until our snow day this week. We’ll let the kids play that and their Nintendo DS during Christmas break [in moderation] and then they will be put up until special occasions again. Honestly, I prefer their behavior MUCH MORE when video games are not a part of our daily life. I have yet to allow my children to be on our computers and Internet (our oldest is 9.)
What I always hear
“My hubby would never go for it.” – I thought the same thing. I have to say I fall more in love with my husband for his willingness to go along with this experiment- especially in the middle of football season! (He’s a huge Bears fan.) He listens to the radio, watches the game at a friend’s, or occasionally watches the game online. And I have to say our Sundays have been more pleasant and easier on me because of it.
Pretty quickly I found that I didn’t miss having the TV on. I actually love the peacefulness of having it removed from the soundtrack of our house. There is a new calm without it. Admittedly, there are a couple shows I still want to keep up with, but they are all available online.
Everything else? Maybe I”ll catch it when it comes out on DVD. Otherwise… after a while, I don’t miss it.