I’m thinking out loud tonight and wondering what it would be like to go the summer without TV. I mean like actually unplug the TV for the summer & buy a weather radio.
Woah! Did I really just say that? Well yes, faithful blog follower, I actually did! You’re thinking I’m crazy, & I slightly agree with you!
The main concern I hear seems to be that we wouldn’t be able to know if bad weather was coming our way. I just disagree though. I have a smart phone and have signed both my husband and I up for weather alerts from the local news station. So in the event of poor weather we get a phone call to let us know what is coming our way. So that issue is taken care of, for the most part.
I really have a strong desire to “unplug”. But I wonder if I’m being unfair to my husband. He uses TV in his down time to relax and be entertained. But truthfully, he doesn’t even watch TV most nights in an average week. He’s good at occupying himself with other things.
I’m not too worried about the kids, I mean that’s a big part of the reason I want to do this. To help them explore more, and not be sucked into meaningless shows strictly for entertainment value.
Here’s where I struggle though… There are so many times that I’m guilty of letting the kids watch a 30 minute show just so I can get some rest or tackle a project.
I wish watching the tube was a special treat and not the default option as soon as someone feels bored in the house.
I think summer is a perfect time to try this, because the weather allows us to spend more time outdoors.
In my dream world the kids would help me for hours (rather than minutes) in the garden, they’d play in the yard and in the evening we’d all go inside and enjoy dinner together followed by several board games & laughing the night away.
I’m going to keep dreaming, and if our entertainment center that I posted on Craigslist earlier in the week sells, I’m going to do my best to make this dream a reality! Of course, after my husband and I agree on the terms of being “unplugged”.
Would you ever consider this? or have you done it? We’ve gone TV free for almost a month before, it wasn’t so bad at all, but this time I want to actually take the TV out of the living room, which is a whole different ball game.