Tuesday, April 28, 2009

TV Turn-off Week in Review

Well, I can't say that our experiment was a success. It wasn't a failure, by any means, but we didn't go totaly screen-free. A few things came to light, though,

It would have been a lot easier had music been available to listen to. During the sefirah, we don't listen to music so the silence or never-ending drone of talk radio just gets to you. There were a couple times when I was very tempted to turn on some music and just dance.

We really need a decent outdoor area to play and explore in. There are a few things I can do to our patio to make it more fun, but I need to find a park that is easy to get to, has some nice open space and play areas. Then we need to make a standing time to hit the park.

Overall, I don't think we will be a TV-free family. At least not for now. But we will continue cutting back on screen time and making TV more of a family-interactive event. I used to allow each girl to pick one show to watch each day. So it was 1-1/2 to 2 hours of TV a day for them. Plus any movies that we would watch together or as a family. Instead, I find that I can tell them that we have time for one show and allow them to choose one together to watch and they are fine.

As always, it was a learning experiment and I'm glad we did it even if we didn't acheive the goals I had hoped for. It is also something to mark off of my 101/1001 list and gives me a starting point for next year's goals.