It’s not like they’re a couple of little robots sitting in front of it all day or anything, but they'll usually watch a show or two first thing in the morning, a movie in the afternoon and another movie or another couple of shows before bed.
We’ve been using the TV as a means to keep the kids quiet while we get things done around the house, a way for them to cool down in the afternoon in lieu of taking a nap and, if I’m being completely honest here, it’s also been a case of lazy parenting. It’s just easy to put on a movie and let it keep them entertained for a little while.
A couple of movies and a show didn’t seem too terrible at first thought. When I stopped to think about it a little more though, it dawned on me that it was 3.5-4 hours of television every day. Over 24 hours of TV a week! It has to stop so I’ve just introduced my family to the NO TV CHALLENGE. That’s right, I’ve taken it away for one week. Not too much time, but enough to hopefully make a huge impact on our family.
My husband refused to help me physically remove it from the wall (he said that was taking the challenge a little too far), so this is what I did:
This is the reaction I got from my daughter:
And this is the reaction I got from my son:
Wish me luck! It’s going to be a long week.