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Originally Posted by Deir View Post
That's a funny question! I only bring it up when otherwise i'd be lying. Like if someone is going on about how obsessed their child is with some character and they ask me if mine is, I 'll say,"No we don't have a tv" It has actually opened up some good conversations. I'm sure someone thinks I am annoying!!
This. We actually have a TV set (came with the apartment and we have a Wii Fit) and get Netflix DVDs that DH and I watch after DS goes to bed, so we're not completely TV-free, but an average day/evening in our house doesn't involve TV. It really only comes up when someone says, "Have you seen the commercial..." or "Do you watch...", in which case I just say "No, our TV isn't hooked up to anything other than the Wii." Actually, of the five parents who work in my office, three don't have TV hooked up (and there's only one broadcast PBS station here), so we're kind of the norm, at least at work.

But I HAVE known some holier-than-thou TV-Free types and (just like holier-than-though *insert any other choice here* types) it drives me a bit batty. I know that it's partially a sensitivity issue on the part of the TV-having-set (not wanting to feel that they're being criticized or looked down up on because they *gasp* allow their kids to watch TV), but, as in anything else, some people DO get a little... um... uppity about it.

My POV on the matter is that if, in the normal course of the conversation, it would be awkward to just blurt out "We watch TV!" , it's probably awkward to blurt out, "We don't watch TV!" If it's a natural part of the conversation, I certainly don't hide it, but it's not something that tends to come up all that often.

The fact that you're even concerned about being annoying probably means you won't be.
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by hopefulfaith View Post
Zinemama, this was a fantastic article. It's what I would have said when we were TV-free if I knew how to speak that so clearly and truly.
Thank you, ma'am!
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