Apart from that, another major concern we had was the content of the programmes they were watching. Perhaps they would be watching something that we didn’t quite agree with, or thought were quite simply inappropriate for them. And that was just the children’s channels!
Then, of course, there were evenings. Michael would get home and again everyone would be in front of the TV. A whole day had gone by where dad had been at work and he had so much to catch up on with the children with regards to their respective days but television took the front seat rather than conversation.
On December 23rd the TV was turned off. I remember the date because it was Sid’s birthday, and the day Michael had finished work for the Christmas break. We’d been so busy living life as a family that the television just wasn’t switched on at all.
One day led to another, and before we realised it Michael was returning to work and we had spent each day actually doing things and the TV hadn’t been on at all.
The children did ask for it to begin with. Out of habit more than anything else I believe. Like all habits, they soon managed to break it and I can’t even remember the last time they asked to watch anything.
Switching off the television hasn’t affected the children negatively at all.
Since then, conversation has increased thousandfold in our home. We do more things together. Well actually, we just do more! Books are always being read. Games are being created and imaginations are running wild! We’ve got more time for actually doing things, rather than letting our lives pass us by via a glass screen.
Dad comes home and after we’ve eaten our evening meal it’s time for talking and playing and spending real, quality time together.
We no longer have to worry about things the children are being exposed to, or them quoting debt consolidation adverts word for word. We haven’t got rid of the TV completely and have the occasional film nights or watch specific programmes we may be interested in but we have control now. We didn’t have that before. We’ve taken charge of that aspect of our lives and we can see the positive effect it’s had on them. For best deals on TV packages and special offers, check: https://www.planetdish.
I sometimes regret not having taken control sooner but at least we took control at some point. How much greater would my regret have been to have ended up living my while life, and that of my family, with my eyes fixed firmly to a screen instead of eachother? There isn’t a programme special enough to take the place of really living. Actually living.
Life is precious.
Why waste it?