People think I’m crazy when I tell them our family has been without cable for a few years. We discontinued service when we realized how much money we were spending, and not really watching any of cable channels.
So we cut the cable, picked up a basic streaming Netflix subscription, and called it good.
But as of recently, even our basic free 6 channels that we pick up through a converter box have become a problem for the kids.
- Ignoring me when I ask them to do things, because they’re staring at the turdbox.
- Fighting over what to watch, even with the limited options.
- Feeling entitled to far to many hours of screen time, and throwing a fit when I turn off the tube.
- Wanting to watch cartoons, instead of playing with toys or doing other things.
And because of that, this past Sunday afternoon, we moved the TV out of the main living room. We’re giving it a 3 month trial period, and will re-evaluate in the fall.
This morning, before we left for school, instead of zoning out to PBS kids for 20 minutes, Piper read Nola and Gage a story. Let me repeat: SHE READ THEM A STORY.
And while I’m only 2 days into it, dare I say I actually made a hard but good parenting choice for once?
It’s going to be a (mostly) TV free summer at this house. The thought of it (mostly) scares the pants off me. TV’s make great babysitters.