A Week Without TV: Day 1

Yesterday I did something rash, something crazy, something I may regret. I banned television for one whole entire WEEK!

We don’t watch an obscene amount of television, but we do watch cartoons before preschool and usually while I am making dinner. Yesterday we came in from the snow, which we have a lot of right now, and cuddled up to watch a movie. When it was over, my oldest immediately asked for another movie and I said, “No.” What preceded was a top ten flip out of epic proportions. I looked at her just loosing her mind, sobbing into the couch and thought, “Jesus, I think I may have a problem here.” I remembered back to the days when I was a little girl. We lived on a farm in rural Prince Edward Island and only got 2 channels. Cartoons were a rare occurrence and a treat, and we certainly didn’t stay inside on a sunny day to watch TV. I thought about how disappointed my father would be to see my little girls glued to a television for 2 or 3 hours every day and something snapped inside.

“That’s it!” I said. I got down on the couch with her, took a deep breath and said, “Honey, I think you love television too much and I think we need a break.” My heart still breaks remembering her broken red little face as it crumpled inside herself when she realized the gravity of what I was saying.

So, that’s it. No television for one week. No cartoons before school, or if its too rainy to go outside. I told her we may cuddle up again to watch a movie all together, but if we do its only one for the whole day. It is morning now, the girls have been up for an hour and no tv.. My youngest doesn’t understand why she doesn’t get to watch Super Why this morning, but forgot all about it about half an hour ago. It is eerily quiet in the house, the girls are eating their breakfast without me threatening to turn off the TV and I can actually hear myself think. I thought it was going to be a nightmare, but maybe its going to be okay.

I think I was also pushed to do this because I have been having way too much screen time lately as well. Blogging, writing, surfing, watching Six Feet Under or True Blood, checking email, etc etc. I have laundry piling up, a new bookcase that needs to be organized, and the girls playroom to set in order. I think this is going to be good for all of us. I hope I can stick to my guns and keep it up!



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