The idea to put our television away started as a challenge to ourselves, we thought it would last a few weeks. We had no idea that it would go on this long.
It all started back when I was on leave with our eldest son. I realized that throughout the day, from the time we got up to the time we went to bed our TV was on. It was always playing in the background, there was constant noise. I found myself sitting during the day watching shows that I wasn’t really interested in just because they were on at that time. R would watch shows that I didn’t really want him watching just because the TV was on.
So we had a thought, what if we got rid of the TV? Just for a little while, to break ourselves of the habit of sitting and watching meaningless shows.
Well its been three years and we don’t miss it.
It was difficult for the first week for sure, we had to force ourselves to find other things to do, and usually ended up outside. After the first week it started to get easier and by the third week we weren’t missing it. Our routine had changed to include more time outside as a family and getting more done during the day.
We do still let R watch the occasional show on Netflix (from a computer), but we have more control over what he is watching. We know the shows that we put on for him are shows that we feel are appropriate for him. Leighton and I still enjoy watching a movie together or as a family, but it is no longer the center of our living room and family time.
The space where our TV use to be is now where we have set up A’s play space. I personally think it’s a better use of space. After all, what’s more entertaining than watching your children play? 🙂
Here are some of the things that we have noticed now that we do not watch TV regularly.
Some of the positives we’ve seen are things like spending more time outside and as a family.
When we do watch it the advertising and commercials can be overwhelming. The experience has made us very aware of how much advertising affects us.
We are happier with what we have, we no longer are watching TV wishing for something bigger, better or faster. This is especially true for R, he is content with the things he has and does not ask for new toys, games, etc.
We don’t have to pay for satellite, more money in our pocket (always a plus).
While we do find the positives far outweigh the negatives, we do see some disadvantages. Now, when R is able to watch a show he becomes ‘glued’ to the TV, and we do miss out on those conversations about favourite shows with friends and colleagues.
We have talked about getting another TV as the boys get older but for now are happy with our decision to leave the TV out of our home. Maybe that will change down the road, who knows.
What are your thoughts? Do you live TV free? Or do you think we are crazy? Either way, let us know.