Our family decided to take the “no TV for a week challenge” given by Mary. I read her post a little bit late so we didn’t start until Tuesday-cold turkey. (MInTheGap and I haven’t watched a movie in a long time. I can’t remember when so we went and still are going on longer than a week). The children are allowed to watch one TV show or VeggieTales movie a day. (About one hour a day). We don’t have cable so our channels are very limited. They watch PBS through the “snow” once in a while. Their TV time is usually while mom gets a shower. (Reminding you our children are 4, 3, and 7 months). Occasionally, the children watch a movie if mom is exhausted. The reason why I wanted to take the challenge was to see if I could stop using the TV as my babysitter and to see if the children could entertain themselves without mom playing with them.
The week was a success! I think the children only ask to watch TV about 4 times the whole week. It was amazing. It was almost like they forgot about it. (It was still in the same place). It rained a lot here this week so we played more card games (which our oldest son really enjoyed), read more stories, and they even helped out with more chores. On the nice days we played outside. I found that they really could manage to entertain themselves in their room while mom got a shower and that we didn’t need to watch a show in the afternoon when mom was exhausted. I think they learned how to play together and use their imaginations more this past week and I learned to be a little more creative in planning things for them to do.
Thanks, Mary, for the challenge.