So, as we forge ahead on our journey of simplifying our lives, Justin and I have hit a roadblock when it comes to the TV. For me, I can take it or leave it. I much prefer to fill my evenings with a little bit of work, knitting, reading and tea drinking. Justin on the other hand really enjoys his TV. His evenings are filled with documentaries, history programs, national geographic programs, car shows and so on. His TV watching is very educational, he is not one for the regular TV viewing, thank goodness.
There is one issue regarding the TV we agree on, and that is Reece. We decided long ago the TV would not be a part of Reece’s childhood. We just felt it wasn’t necessary. So the TV is not on during the day, ever, only coming to life after Reece is tucked in for the night.
A few months ago, I brought up the subject of getting rid of the TV altogether, you can most likely imagine the expression I was met with, yeah, it definitely said “no way”. I then suggested a little experiment, a week without TV, still a no go in Justin’s book. I was determined, though, to try and get him to come around, so I put the suggestion of a screen free day on the table and he agreed!
Sunday is our family day. We spend time as a family doing exactly what we want. We don’t schedule anything; we chill, hang out, usually head out for a hike and hit the coffee shop for a cup of tea. It is a day to just be and enjoy our time as a family. So, it made perfect sense to make Sunday our screen free day and so it began.
We have been at it for a few months now and Justin loves it! At first, I was still trying to get my Sunday blog post in, quickly, but we have decided that the Sunday blog post will no longer be so we can be totally screen free for the day.
You will find us reading, knitting, hanging out in front of the fire and talking on Sunday nights. It is really wonderful and is the perfect end to our family day.
So, for now, I will call it a win on my part, but I will not stop trying to find a way to limit it even more in our lives. There is just so much to do, read, talk about and share when we don’t have a “third wheel” in the room.
How welcome is TV in your home?