When thinking about the pledge, I decided to institute a TV Free Day in our home. This was much more of a sacrifice than just eliminating certain shows or reducing the hours for me, because this included Kyle, the toddler with whom I am home all day long. He and Amanda both adjusted fairly well to it, although because he can operate the TV and the DVD player, I had to actually unplug them and tell him they were broken. But with the cord cut and that option removed, he didn't miss it, and happily played or asked me to read books, and I gladly obliged (whereas if he had been happily watching the Wonder Pets or Dora, I would have left him alone while I attended to my other responsibilities or desires). Amanda also easily adjusted to the fact that on this day of the week, turning on the TV was not even an option.
The six week commitment is over, and we have gone forward with it. It is actually becoming a habit. Last week, my husband was gone two nights, and I didn't even turn on the TV once the kids were in bed and I was alone. I took the opportunity to stay on track with my Fall Reading Challenge.
Here's the thing--I don't want to imply that TV is the only timewaster out there. Reading seems more noble, but it's the same idea of escape, and unlike TV, you can't even multitask while reading. If you love TV, keep watching it. I just realized that there were so many other things I'd rather be doing (such as blogging or writing or reading, or getting a chore or two out of the way), but the hypnotic alpha rays lured me into submission when given the chance. Since I'm bad about moderation and self-control, self imposed limits were better for me than just "trying to watch less." Some things that I've been doing:
- deciding beforehand what I want to watch on a particular day and only turning on the TV to watch those things
- making certain days TV Free
- keeping certain evenings or hours of the day reserved for other activities
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