We are having one of those epic battles. Not so much in the clashing (though there is some) but more in the length of said battle. It is over this….
Ok not that one exactly ours is a Samsung but you know what I mean. This huge black thing in my living room. The sucker of life and brain power. The members of my household feel differently about this black box. I admit I feel differently about it at different times. Mostly I hate it. To loud and to distracting. All the attention is focused on this silly thing and no conversation is happening. Whats more is that usually when it is on I am board. However, I do have a couple of shows I really like so it is not so cut and dry.
My Hubby loves the TV. It is what relaxes him and he can get lost in it and let go of the worries of the day. He is talked out by the time he gets home anyway so zoning out and not having to talk are a happy thing for him.
Little well she loves TV too and really this is the bigger issue. As I have been working on getting us back onto track for living a peaceful and joyous life, issues with the TV have come up. For one it turns her into a zombie, She stares transfixed at it. She asks for her movies like 100 times a day. When she watches tv she is not out side. she is not moving. she is not using her brain or body or doing anything. This makes for a cranky kid. This makes for harder bedtimes and an in general inability to listen. Also she picks up words for the TV. Not words I really want her to have. She knows things I don’t really want her to know about.
Some of these things are from her kid’s shows / movies. She says from the back seat of the car “yeah we threw down” from Rio, or “there is a monster” from the Piglet movie. Some of these are not from her shows. They are from the news. As much as I hate TV I hate news way, way, way more. I cringe when stories of hurt or missing kids come on and try my hardest to distract her. I don’t want her to know these things. Not yet. People say well just get rid of the TV or don’t watch the news with her there. A good point. however this is where we all are. In our living room. Furthermore if her dad wants to watch TV because it relaxes him that is really valid.
So we are having an epic battle in our own minds and with each other about how much tv is to much tv where is the line drawn. And then there are the other screens. The phones, tablets, computers etc on and on and on. Where do you draw the line with your family? what is your screen time policy?