O, the gnashing of teeth and wailing and rubbing ashes in hair!
So when the boys came home from school yesterday, they walked into the living room, sighed at the tasteful throw with which I have camouflaged the TV… and then we played cards, cooked, drew and coloured, talked about our days, and had a really nice evening.
We only got the TV a few months ago, and it really changed our lives. I found that the kids were less demanding, and I had more time for doing my stuff. When they looked for me, I said “Mmhmm, coming in a minute,” and at the end of the minute they had forgotten what they wanted me for and were watching ‘Top Gear’. We played together less. The boys played less board games. They also played outdoors MUCH less, and bickered more, and not just about what channel to watch!
I have to break the habit of going off into my room whenever they were watching TV. I have to give up my TV shows. I have to set an example by NOT being on the laptop when they are home. I have to entertain them, a little, until they detox from their TV-induced boredom. But now that they are back at school, they are going to be so busy most days that I don’t think this will be too much of a problem!
But so far, no TV = more play. I can live with that.
I’ll let you know how it goes!
by Nan Sheppard
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