Monday, March 22, 2010

TV Free

The kids and I have been going *tv-free* (during the day) on and off for the past couple of weeks.
It's not easy.
'Cause we really like to watch tv.
And seriously, if Mr. Wonderful had never come along, I love tv sooo much that I probably would have married it and lived happily ever after for ever and ever amen.
((Also there's the thing about tv basically teaching Amelie the alphabet and number recognition and I only feel a little guilty about that....))
however, I just don't like it when I turn it on and my kids go all-robot-drone-zoned and sit there and soak it up. 
Not that we're watching anything *bad* 
(mostly just a whole lotta Dora, Praise Baby and the occasional Princess movie) 
but what's the point really?
I enjoy it when everyone is grumpy and sick and we turn on a show and chill but when everyone's happy and healthy and I'm not all pregnant and laying on the couch (whew, that was a looonngggg nine + months ezra!) I don't want it on. 
And it's hard not to turn it on because it's so easy to just do it.
And I hate that we have spent so much time watching so much of so little value. 
Life is bigger than that. 
(and I can't help but feel that God's plans for us are bigger than that)
I want to spend that time teaching my children about things that matter 
I don't want to be a drone. I don't need to anesthetize my children. Or myself.
(unless we're sick, tired, grumpy AND it's raining...then we will anesthetize away!!)
And I just wanted to write it down so you know what I'm thinking about.
And we can't give it up all the way anyways...because of my small Housewives of _______ addiction but mostly given up? Can't be a bad thing.
And one other thing....
Phillipians 4:8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

1 comment:

Devin said...

Shelly--I got to say it: I'm proud of you. We do have a TV--but we do not have cable, and have not had it for the past (almost) 4 years. At first, I thought I was going to die...but after a couple of months, we really did get used to it, and now you know what? We REALLY don't even miss it AT ALL. We still watch movies, the boys watch Veggies and KungFu Panda and UP and all the other great movies and things, but not having a TV has opened up our eyes beyond 'the box' and it has been wonderful. I find myself (truly) wondering HOW people actually find TIME to watch TV! Now that I am adjusted to not having one, I can't imagine going back. Good for you my friend! (Oh, and also, please note: my other little 'box', the computer, has this wonderful little site on it called HULU, where I can find all things TV that I just couldn't bear to live without--just in case I need my fix. *grin*)