So how much time does the average American spend watching television? From the statitistics I read the average American spends 28 hours per week watching television. That is 4 hours a day!!
So we are making a vow to keep the TV off for a WHOLE WEEK. We started today after church, we vowed to not turn it on, not watch a movie, not check the news on it, not record a show, etc. We allowed ourselves internet access to check news, weather, and business emails.
The kids (who are almost 10, 8, 4.5 and the innocent 9 month old, lol) naturally say “What WILL WE DO?” as if the world was ending. How soon we forget that when my parents were kids TV had just came out. The picture was awful, there was no color, the shows were limited, the bunny ears had to be adjusted all the time, etc. My Mom would say “Only the more fortunate families even HAD a television”
Yet in the 21st century, the idea that someone would own a TV but not turn it on for a week or NOT own a TV at all seems “out there”.
So here are a few things we plan to do with our “Week with no Television”:
- Play board games
- Read that book that you say you will read or you have been reading 1 sentence at a time
- The older kids are going to do a Reading CHallenge *read a book, tell us a little about it, write it on a list, then whoever ends up with the most books read wins their choice of a movie rental or gets to pick a place to eat out* We are going to include the books of the Bible in this so we can incorporate the Bible and God into our silent house time. Genesis 1 will count as ONE, and so on.
- Me and my daughter plan to bake cookies, cupcakes, muffins,etc. and give them away to people in our church, neighborhood, Bible Homegroup, etc.
- My 2 sons plan to build that Lego City they have always dreamed of building before the baby gets old enough to pull up to the coffee table and destroy it!
- Write letters to their friends. No not email, but actual letters they will snail mail. Letters to grandparents, thank you cards
- Draw, Paint, Play-doh, Lite Brite, etc..
- Play cards
- Write out our family goals, plans, budgets
- Discuss our lives with each other
- Play charades *my kids have NEVER PLAYED, ACK*
- Catch up on the housework
- Have friends over for supper
So those are just a few things… Will we make it? I sure hope so. My true hope is that at the end of the week we all arent counting down to turn the TV back on. Hopefully we will find new ways to bond, be more patient with each other, find time to do the things we have been promising our kids, etc.
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