If you blog you know it is "Turn Off the TV" week and many blogs are doing a great job delivering the message. One of my favorite blogger's Kate is writing a daily "What to do Today" post and Unplug Your Kids has many great resources and ideas for raising children without television. And if you are not inclined to turn off the TV , you might enjoy Not Quite Crunchy Parent's Cutting Back is Good Enough.
We aren't turning off the television because my children don't watch television or videos. I'm not boasting about this. I would be the first to whine and complain that not allowing children to watch television is difficult and is a personal sacrifice. Honestly, Si will literally pull my pants off while I am cooking dinner and I am a frazzled nasty mess when my dh comes home from work. But I feel very strongly about sheltering children from television mostly due to commercialization but also for the addictive element. My daughter obsessively wants to listen to books on tape. I can only imagine how she would be with television. At some point I will allow them to watch TV. It is undeniable that shows like Planet Earth and PBS programming like Nature or Nova are culturally significant television. There is much to learn from quality television but I believe the early years are for play and reading.
I watch television and will continue to watch my one hour a day. Last year we bought a very nice treadmill. So nice that I will undoubtedly be driving my old Subaru Forester for several more years. It has taken some time to acclimate to running indoors on a treadmill but with two small children and a husband who not only travels but also works long hours it was a necessary for my sanity. I tape several hours of programming each day (Martha, Oprah, Charlie Rose) and watch them while I run in the very early AM. Si still wakes between 4:30 and 5 O'Clock. If I don't get up by 3:30 and start running by 4ish I lose my chance to run in the morning.
Most of the time I can zoom through four hours of programming during my 5 mile run. I fast forward through quite a bit of the shows I tape, most of the cooking on Martha, most of Oprah, and many interviews on Charlie Rose. Is it crazy to admit that I've had a crush on Charlie Rose since I was a teen and watched him on CBS Overnight News?
I know some people are turning off their computers and blogs for the week. This seems almost unimaginable. I'm not sure how I would function without the use of my computer.