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Adventures, Advice and Questions from a group of Mormon women who met in Queens, NY and have now scattered all over the place.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Please Advise....TV be gone?
I met a family with 3 sons age 4 to 11. They were the kindest little boys. They got along with each other so well, and had a great energy between each other and with their Dad, who they called: "Papa." Stop it....so adorable.
Not to mention the fact that they are physically beautiful, as seen here with the oldest of the three darlings.
I got to know these boys over a few days of working together and I took away a little parenting tidbit from conversing with them.
No TV allowed Monday through Friday. Only tv shows were allowed on weekends. And I've got to assume that, being boys and a tight-knit family and all, that they probably fill up their weekends with activities other than tv viewing.
I am considering adding the no tv rule to our household. Since I already do not allow tv (home videos and church videos aside) on Sunday, this will leave only Saturday for tv, and we are usually out doing something on Saturday, so that further reduces the tv situation.
I do not believe that tv is a necessity or an essential to really anyone's life, but it is a PART of our life. My children wake up and try to wake us up, and since we don't want to wake up at 5:45, we have finally installed a clock and the rule is that they cannot leave their rooms until 6. Well guess what, we really don't want to be up at 6 either. (I wake up at 6 several mornings a week to workout, but I don't want to talk to anyone or make anyone breakfast) So....our little ones have a habit that goes like this...wake up, try to wake mom and dad up, instead go and turn on the tv and watch a show over breakfast and while waiting for mom and dad to finally be awake!
TV for any other part of the day usually happens when I am trying to make dinner. This year though, my 1st grader will have homework and that will probably be the homework time, not the tv time. My younger one rarely to never asks to watch tv. She has never been as into it as my older one....so I am only worried about the older one's reaction to the new rule.
I still have the early-rising kink to work out and the question of DVD's allowed? Or...should there be an earning system....like-read for half hour and then you can watch a DVD for a half hour?
Anyway, am I totally crazy for wanting this rule? Any ideas on how I can get this to work? Will I be depriving my children of the necessary pop culture that they need to survive on the playground? Please....advise.....