We don’t have a T.V.
There, I said it. And no, we aren’t hippies. I mean, I’m pretty pro-breastfeeding and we use MCN’s (better for your baby, smell better, look better, feel nicer, less rashes, CHEAPER) but I don’t think these make one a hippie.
I love that we don’t have a T.V. It’s not that we don’t want one. Ask tattoodaddy and he’ll tell you about the amazing 60inch 3D LCD T.V. he will have. One day. But not right now. Why? We don’t need it.
And I realise yes, this may ruffle some feathers. And no I’m not insinuating that parents who have T.V.s don’t love their children. Or that they don’t care for them or about them. I just feel like right now, I am a better parent because we don’t have a T.V.
I spend time with my children. A lot of time.
I got asked “But what do you do with the kids?!” when it recently was announced I don’t have a T.V.
Well… I do parent things. I cook with them, a lot. We learn about vegetables and fruit and mixing things. We play playdoh. We go for walks. We go to the park. We read books. We have tea parties and colour in. It’s not that hard really.
“But you need it for education!” Is an arguement that I often hear.
Well no, we don’t. We have a computer. We occasionally watch clips on youtube, depending what Dex is interested in at the time. At 28 months old, he can tell me the difference between a girl lion and a boy lion is the hair on their neck because we watch real animals. Doing real things. We watch documentaries.
Occasionally we will have a late night and watch How to Train Your Dragon on the laptop. These are treats though. He gets so excited when we are going to watch it.
I enjoy not having a T.V. for another reason: I get to spend more time with tattoodaddy. We do crosswords together. We talk. I spend time drawing or reading or writing. Granted, I think this is also because we have cancelled our World of Warcraft subscriptions. But even that is interacting with each other (yes, we are completely lame and quest together) instead of just sitting and watching T.V.I think video games can be very good for mental education, strategies, planning, organisation etc.
I just… Don’t see the point. The hype.
I can’t comprehend having a T.V. in my bedroom because personally, I don’t like what that would do to MY relationship. I enjoy that when we go to bed, we lay there and chat. Laugh. Beat each other up over which side of the bed is who’s. And I don’t think we would do that if we had a big ass T.V. in our room.
I’m not saying that people who do have T.V.s are bad parents. What I am saying is that I think not having one, has made me a better parent. IT makes me feel more free. I don’t start the day frustrated by the songs on the children’s shows, or upset by whatever terrible thing is on the news. My children don’t have shows they just have to watch or they throw a tantrum.
And that works for me.