I was reading through my back issues of Mary Jane's Farm last night and came across an article titled "TV or Not TV" The following quotes are from this article:
"Once I figured out the remote, my night off disappeared like an addict's promise to refrain."
"When was the last time I laid out 50-plus books in my bedroom, skipping through them back and forth, shut and open, open and then shut, like a maniac all night?"
'Somehow (cross your fingers) books remain ad-free, a sanctuary, a place of escape, a way from "needing it all."'
"TV is a time theif. Even if you're discerning, TV time robs you of some other thing-a walk, a dinner discussion, maybe even your innocence. That's a big deal, innocence-not to be taken or given lightly."
This article, these quotes in particular, made me stop and think about my TV viewing habits. At night I often turn it on for noise, and don't really watch. However, when it is on I find that I have a very hard time concentrating on what I actually want to be doing, which is often reading. I realized a long time ago the impact TV was having on my children so I made the vow to keep it off during the day, and other than the directed times they are watching it is off. I'm proud to say that several times over the last few days they have opted to go outside during what would normally be their TV time. My son has directed most of this, and it is interesting to note that he has not watched TV on school days for the past two years, so it is much less of a habit for him. Of course, I instituted the no TV on school days because I knew how much time it could steal, making getting ready in the morning and homework done in the afternoon more difficult. I fully expected that when he was given the opportunity to watch he would want to overdose, but it seems the opposite is true. (me saying silent prayers that it always remains that way!) Over the next two weeks I will have the opportunity to truly have it off in the evenings after they are in bed. I'm anxious to see what the effects will be. I'm hoping to get lots done!