Friday, August 29, 2008

No T.V. Week

That means no movies either, because you watch them on the T.V..

Piper said to me when we made the decision to do this, "Mom, that means you won't be able to watch the news." Apparently I watch the news too much. Both my kidlets have made a comment on the matter in the past few weeks. Anywhooooo.....

We didn't choose the best week to do this because the Olympics were on. So we decided, no T.V., except for prime time coverage of the Olympics. We started on Monday August 11. On Sunday night Piper asked, "Are we were going to start no T.V. Week tomorrow?" What kid would be excited about something like this? Mine, of course. Not Teague mind you, Piper.

I am actually pretty amazed at how easy this was. Even when the kidlets went to my mom's house, they didn't watch T.V.. My mom knew that we were doing it so she was very supportive, but why this surprises me parents have the hugest T.V. known to man with every station known to man as well, sometimes we go up there just to watch T.V.. I'm so proud that the kidlets weren't even tempted! I know I was when I was up there.

At our house, we have crappy T.V.'s, and we don't even have cable, in fact, we still use rabbit ear antennas. We get to choose from the following local stations:

Channel 2 KUTV (CBS)
Channel 4 KTVX (NBC)
Channel 5 KSL (ABC)
Channel 7 KUED (PBS)
Channel 9 KUEN (ETV)
Channel 11 KBYU (PBS)
Channel 13 KSTU (FOX)
Channel 14 KJZZ
Channel 18 KWCS (ETV) This is a religious channel
Channel 20 KTMW (analog only)
Channel 24 KPNZ (analog only) This is now only Spanish
Channel 30 KUCW (CW)

Maybe, that is why it wasn't hard.....We are definitely going to be doing this again. In fact Aaron and I talked about it and we think we are going to do a couple of days a week with no T.V., then that would come out to about a week a month with no T.V.

I challenge you all to do this. We had so much fun playing and reading, it was well worth it.


Aaron said...

By the way, thanks to Corrine for the idea!

Marisa said...

Yay for you guys! We don't let the kids watch TV during the week when school is in session, but we have yet to abolish it for the adults. I'll have to work on that one; however, I do find myself watching less when they aren't watching. Sofi is the exception. She can't do without her Molly and chocolate milk!

The Huntley's said...

We should implement that rule! Does playing game cube count? My boys would die to lose their 30 minutes of playing time a day (except sundays). I agree...the less tv time the better. Good for you!

Tiffany said...

Good for you. We too have rabbit ear antennas, old tv's, and only the basic channels. My husband thinks in Feb when the switch over is to digital we should abolish our tvs all together! We'll see. I can't live without the news. Our tv usually only comes on around the 9 or 10 o'clock news. I love to hear of more people like us. Too many people watch too much tv!

Seesalou said...

that is a worthwhile thing to do. growing up we didn't watch on sundays...i guess we could at least start there?! i had to laugh at your channels cause that is how we have been for years but we just got cable. surprisingly, the amount of t.v. time has not increased for the most part. we'll have to try this. you go!

Queen Mother said...

Wow, you are so good! I don't think I could do it...I'm a news junkie too. Probably even worse than you. I'm also a Food Network junkie..I never miss an episode of Ace of Cakes. I'm such a loser!

sara said...

We've become a relatively tv-free household as of late because we don't allow tv when the baby is awake. I find I listen to the news on the radio a lot more :)

Ray Ball Fam said...

We should try this too! Your so inspiring! We would probably do ok....Until it was 10 o'clock at night at everyone was in bed & I was getting my alone wind down time. Which is when I attempt to watch my dvr'd shows. If I don't fall asleep!