Monday, May 4, 2009

After twelve years of debate....

and trying to convince my husband that life would be sweeter without television....he decided to try it for a month... which lead to no television last summer.... which carried into keeping the television off last winter ...and a year later we've decided to donate the television to charity. People stare at me like I have six heads when I tell them that we don't have television in our home. My children play outside rain or shine, have hobbies both indoors and out, and love to read and be read to. I wouldn't trade the last year for anything.

16 comments:

Milah said...

That is awesome! I have nearly given up television myself. I watch the news, but only believe half of it. I watch The Biggest Loser on tuesday nights and that's it! There is nothing that captures my attention on TV. I'd rather read, sew, garden and surf the internet. I'm glad I'm not alone.
My kids were raised on a farm and the television was never used as a babysitter. They discovered so much around them and started life long hobbies on their own. I never heard my kids say they were bored...ever.... and we never had video games, internet, or satallite TV. There friends would swear we were Amish! LOL!

Loralynn said...

Good for you! I rarely watch television anymore. I can't convince my family of the merits of being "boob-tube" -less, unfortunately!

~Bren~ said...

I am in awe! Oh how I wish that would happen in my home! Our television is off all day but comes on about 6pm and stays on all evening. *sigh* The kids will watch if we are watching a family movie, but otherwise they play or read. Sweetheart is the one who would not give it up. :(

Jana said...

Isn't it great not knowing anything about the shows that people are talking about? I use to love that when we didn't have tv.
Good for you and your family!

Lisa said...

That is awesome! Kudos to you and your family!!!

Lindsey said...

12? I'm impressed...it took me 18 and then he only consented to turning off the cable. It does help and yes they do read and play outside more. It's too much of a pain to watch a fuzzy TV. You won't regret it. Kids will endure a little ridicule but it's worth it.

Nadine said...

I'm with you 100 percent, dear...although they might change their mind when getting young adults, in college or high school, or university... when they will be asked by the teachers (because they WILL, believe me) "did you watch TV yesterday evening ? What's your opinion about the subject ? or the film, or the news, or what else....
In the meantime, just enjoy them living without it, and play outside, come rain or come shine. These moments are sooo precious ! ;>)
We chose to keep TV at home, but we're trying to use it wisely, eg : we're watching the news every day (but never did when the kids were small), the weather forecast, some special concert or event, and we have a nice DVD's collection, with great movies classics that we love and keep watching for pleasure. We started doing this, when we realized that going to the movies with 4 children was waaaay too expensive ! Actually we used to organize ONE movie evening (or afternoon) a week, with a good family film, and I used to prepare popcorn for everyone. I still cherish such wonderful memories of those "movies at home" evenings !
XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
NADINE

Meredith said...

When I met my future husband and we started to date he could not believe I lived without a tv. Eventually in our dating process he came by one night and gifted me with a new tv. I am glad you dh was willing to try your suggestion.

Judy said...

Good for you! We have tv's but we rarely watch anything that comes on the current channels. We instead mostly use the dvd player to watch British murder mysteries, and Agatha Christie stories.

Mal* from turning*turning.com said...

I gave up broadcast tv for about 4.5 years. I kept the set for watching DVD's and documentaries. Then I went back to watching it for about the last year, and recently decided to stop it again. I'm so glad I did.

Karen said...

Good for you! I watch very little TV and keep thinking about doing away with it. It's just doing it that's hard. Once done, I know I will not miss it.

Deanna said...

Good for you!

although we don't watch too much TV, i haven't been able to give it up completely....

now soda on the other hand....it's been two years!

it sure feels good to give something up that so many thrive and depend on!

deanna

Janet said...

Good for you!!!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Good for you. I could certainly do without my tv. I am not a tv person. Hubby would miss it something awful at night but he loves to read so..........

Christine said...

Awesome! We went without for a period of time after we moved here. I loved it. The men folk couldn't stand it though so I finally caved in. I wish I'd held to my guns.

Serena said...

I love not having TV and you're right people think you're crazy! but I wouldn't have it any other way. I grew up without tv, read, pretended, and am happy to watch my daughter, soon to be son too, grow up without it.