Since things have been so much better since we decided to turn off the TV we have decided that we can save a lot of money by giving up the cable.
Well, okay, for now we are downgrading to basic cable since my parents tend to watch the news and stuff when they are over. Since Daddy and I do watch a lot of shows and movies online and we have Netflix we have decided to upgrade our internet in addition to downgrading the cable. These small changes are going to save us $720 a year (hooray).
It’s funny because for years I had no cable television, just my rabbit ears and eight or so local stations (yes I am old). But when Daddy and I moved in together cable was a must for him because he is such a huge sports fan. Next thing I know we had digital cable, HD, and the French package. At the time I was okay with it since I discovered the food network and really enjoyed watching it (that channel has since gone down the drain).
While big changes can be hard, implementing them gradually over time makes them a lot easier to swallow. My son doesn’t even ask for cartoons anymore. Instead we spend much more time reading, doing crafts, playing, and doing chores. In fact, one day when I did say he could watch cartoons for a half hour, he said “but mommy, they are bad for me”!
We still watch movies and now that the TV is mostly off he really watches them, whereas before they were just background noise. It was so annoying when he would put on a movie I didn’t like but I would swallow it for a break and then he wouldn’t watch it anyways, I got no break, but stuck listening to the awful movie (if you have not seen the live action Thomas movie then you are lucky).
Sawyer also has a Leapster Explorer that he can play with for some “quiet” time. The thing is amazing, it takes pictures and videos, has a virtual pet you take care of, and has a variety of extremely educational games and activities. He has already learned how to write many of the letters of the alphabet because of it.
I am also happy because since Sawyer was #1 he was not exposed to television at the young age the girls are. While I actually can’t help but smile and laugh as they sing and dance along with the Wiggles, that’s about as far as I want them to go, and I could tell they were “watching” too much because Sawyer was as well.
And with spring around the corner…hopefully…and we can go outside again it will be even better (or at least get even easier).
So if you haven’t done it already, I strongly urge you to give up the t.v. as much as you can. It is more work, but it is totally worth it. And like I said, once you get used to it, you won’t even notice anymore.