“Throw away your Television, Take the noose of your ambition, Reinvent your intuition now.” Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Paul and I had wanted to get rid of our Television for a few years before we actually took the step to say goodbye to our beloved TV. We loved the idea of not being a slave to the TV. Every night there seemed to be some hit show that we just couldn’t miss. The commercials always bothered us, mind controlling you to buy the newest electronic or to taste this or vacation here. Images of negative things happening around the world are on the news every morning, somethings blown out of proportion and some things just too hard to see.
When I was about 8 or 9 years old my Dad decided to get rid of our television. My mom, siblings and I were wondering what we would do at night or when it was raining! But my Dad opened up a whole new world for us. I became more creative, I remember sitting and writing a whole story with illustrations. We also played games every-night. My favorite game was animal dominoes. I have such fond memories of this time with my family as well as with myself. I was engaged with my family and with what I wanted to do, not what the TV was telling me to do.
English: A child watching TV. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Paul and I have never had more than one TV in our home. We feel it is important to keep TV’s out of bedrooms. Bedrooms are a place for rest, even though you may feel rested, it is keeping you awake and you are not interacting with your partner and/or your child is not interacting with you by watching TV in his/her room. Here are some reasons why not having a TV in your room will benefit you;
- Better Sleep, Try talking with your spouse/partner or children before bed, read a book or do some gentle yoga
- Engage in your life; not by watching others live there’s. Who knows what adventures you are missing while the TV is on!
- If you are engaged with your partner who knows where that will lead (if ya know what I mean, wink, wink!)
- Less clutter
- Kids with Televisions in their rooms are said to score lower on school tests!
One kick in the butt for me to finally get rid of our TV was having my newborn baby staring at it , even when it was turned off. The thing that really broke the straw was seeing a commercial for school clothing and to sum it up it basically said you could only be cool if you dressed cool, so yeah great message! So a month after he was born we passed our TV on; don’t really just throw it away
Now I say all this but Paul and I do love watching TV. What we do now is usually just watch one show on Netflix, now we are into Fringe. When Cedar is fast asleep on me we will turn on one episode before we head upstairs to read. We watch no more than an hour of Television a night. We also do not intend on keeping shows and movies away from Cedar. When he is older we will do a Friday movie night with all of us making a homemade pizza together and a cartoon morning where we eat homemade granola/cereal. He will not be getting anymore than that but we feel that is the perfect amount and this way we can share some of our favorite childhood movies and cartoons with him.
Do yourself and your children a favor and turn off the TV during the day. Try some music instead! Have a dance party with your child! Cedar and I love to get down in the living room and Family dance party’s are the best. Let me ask you this, do you think your child will remember a family dance party or the latest episode of whatever hit kids show is on today? Whatever interaction you have with your child is far more important and better than any time they are spending in front of the TV.
Here are some facts on how Television is harmful for your developing child.
Here are some questions/comments I have gotten surround the TV issue;
“But how will you know what is going on in the world?”
We read what we want to learn about, and Facebook will pretty much tell you everything you need to know through news feed
“What do you do to distract your child when you are busy?”
Cedar plays so well because we have engaged with him in playing… at only 6 months he was pushing a car and making car noises. At 8 months he was making the moo sound when he looked at his toy cow. When I am cooking I will either wear him in the ergo, let him play , or have him help me…he is great at stirring! (more on this in a future blog post)
“Baby Einstein is a life saver and it will help your child develop”..
Baby Einstein is a distraction for your baby. It appeals to their age but If you look at the baby while they are watching it they almost looked drugged out! Sorry this was a big no no for us! Again the interactions you have with your child are the best!
I want to challenge you to go without TV for one week. Only one week! You can do it! See what kind of fun things you and your family can do for down time instead of zoning out…maybe a camp fire in the backyard? Game night? Take pictures of your adventures and share them here or on our facebook page! Would love to see what you and your family came up with instead of watching television Who knows maybe it will result in a great memory like the one I have from when my family gave up TV