We got rid of the TV!
Life has been freakin’ hectic in this household. Two toddlers under the one roof is enough to bring anyone to the brink of insanity. And I’m well aware I only have two, and that there are parents out there who have more, and are no doubt insane to some degree.
Harvey turned 1 a couple of weeks ago. Unlike his bigger sister, it was a low-key affair; no carefully planned invite, party (albeit this was because we now live 1000 kilometres away from most of his family), presents, or special birthday outfit. He even missed out on the milestone photography that we lavished on for Gemma.
Obviously, Harvey couldn’t care less, and in a way his birthday was enriched by being able to share it with his sibling.
Last week, we sold the TV. A man buying it as his third TV set came in and took it away, whilst Gemma sobbed on the recliner in the corner – clearly in a state of mourning. Miss Two would thereafter provide me with daily recounts of the time when the man came and took her tv away.
We now have zero televisions in the household. And it’s been a blessing. (Just to clarify, I still have access to ABC, SBS and Netflix via my iPad, and if I was that way inclined, I could choose to watch seven, nine, and ten on some form of catch up tv. But I don’t need to, nor do I want to.
As a family, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed not having the temptation there to waste time in front of the screen. It’s meant we have more time for reading, activities, and time to get bored – which is a gift in and of itself. If you’re bored, your brain gets creative at finding something to do. For us, that’s been a blessing.
Just for fun, this was one of the tracks we listened to (P.S. Looking for Alibrandi is a fantastic Aussie flick if you haven’t already seen it). Turn it up, and see if your kids enjoy dancing to it!
Having no tv also compels you to get out of the house. You can’t appease the kids with a tv show, and so to restrain two kids from turning the house upside down, you find a public spot where they can be unleashed.
And so, I challenge you to go without television for a week, or better yet, get rid of it altogether. Do you think you could do it?