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post #161 of 236
I'd love a tv-free forum too. Questions on this topic come up in my life all the time. For example, we just visited some friends for a few days and they had their tv on constantly. I wished I had somehow been able to say something about our daughter not watching tv before we arrived so I didn't just sit there and stew about it the whole time I was there. I can never think of good ways to deal with these things without sounding snobby or passive aggressive or something. And the tv-free forum would solve all my problems. .
post #162 of 236
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Originally Posted by herenow2 View Post
I'd love a tv-free forum too. Questions on this topic come up in my life all the time. For example, we just visited some friends for a few days and they had their tv on constantly. I wished I had somehow been able to say something about our daughter not watching tv before we arrived so I didn't just sit there and stew about it the whole time I was there. I can never think of good ways to deal with these things without sounding snobby or passive aggressive or something. And the tv-free forum would solve all my problems. .
This is my #1 problem...just went to a birthday party where all the kids over 1 were watching a movie the whole time (to get them to calm down, I guess). Dd didn't notice (they were in a back room) and played by herself, or with the adults, with play food the whole time. It kind of made me a little :
post #163 of 236
I don't even do the tv-free thing, and I think it's a great idea!
post #164 of 236
another tv-free family here! and a vote!
post #165 of 236
great idea!
post #166 of 236
*IF* we had a forum, I would at this very moment be posting a thread soliciting advice re: a situation we had this morning... when we brought the kids to preschool we learned that they'd be watching a movie (Charlie Brown/Great Pumpkin) as part of the "Halloween party" today. DH and I were both at a total loss about what to do, so we... did nothing. We left the kids there, said nothing, etc.

So, again, if we had a forum, I'd be using it right now to find out what everyone else would have done in this situation, and how I might follow-up with the school re: movies in the future. I mean, I know it's not the end of the world that my three-year-olds are seeing a movie. They already know the Peanuts characters (from osmosis, I think!) At the same time, this will be literally the first movie they've ever watched and I feel sort of funny about the whole thing...

Anyway, if we had a forum, this is what I would want to be talking about right now.



post #167 of 236
Right now there's a thread going in the toddler forum asking if anyone's toddler watches TV. I have to say, even though I *know* my family is in the minority, the replies are shocking to me. I find even the thought of my son watching shows that most of society finds innocuous or sweet like Dora or Blue's Clues to be kind of horrifying. And I feel really snobby saying that, like I think the other mamas are making a poor parenting choice in letting their kids watch TV every day, and, well, I guess in a way I do. :

Not trying to start a flame war here, but I disagree with that and I would love love love a forum to discuss my feelings. I mean, some of my good friends who I think are fabulous parents with wonderful children let their kids watch TV. And yet I can't even fathom letting my son sit glued to the boob tube.
post #168 of 236
Another vote for this sub-forum. I "was" TV-free growing up and TV-free with my first child, but when the going got tough (sick kids, morning sickness, chores, 3 young kids, etc.) got tough, I turned to the tube :. Now it's something I want to end. And TV-free forum would be a fantastic place for me to ask a million questions and make my dream of a TV-free household a reality.
post #169 of 236

Awsome idea!!!!!

I'm so glad Ispied a link to this in someone's siggy! We're TV free but watch very ocassional DVDs with our projector. DH went from TV addicted to a strong supporter of TV free so it is possible! One thing we wonder about is when DS (just a baby now) will be "old enough" to join us watching DVDs. Also, how do we handle visiting the Grandparents, all of whom are pretty TV dependent and have no concept of age appropiate shows (my SIL's favourite movie when she was a toddler was Terminator 2 )? I'd love a forum to discuss this and more!
post #170 of 236
I'm new here, so I don't think my opinion counts for much, but I did grow up mostly tv free and remain so as an adult. No kids yet (second reason my opinion might not count for much), but I think it might be helpful to have a place to try to carefully and thoughtfully understand the issue instead of letting my kids do or not do something "just because". Just reading through parts of this thread has made me think about things in my own life I've never thought about before. (For example--I don't think being tv free had much of an effect on my ability to fit in until college, when I couldn't reminisce about the cartoons I had watched as a kid and didn't participate in Thursday night tv watching because I had better things to do.)

Forum or not, tv-free families, I'm behind you 100%! It's so worth it, I think.
post #171 of 236
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Originally Posted by tifpaul View Post
I think that not having a TV is one of the most alternative, subversive and counter-culture moves our family has made. It is also one of the least noticed.
Yes!!

I am not interested in participating in a TV-free FYT thread. I already participate in my local FYT thread. It's really important to me to build my local community, so I tolerate the quirks of that discussion format, but it's true that it's not the easiest way to have conversations due to topics overlapping. I would be interested in participating in a TV-free subforum. Most of the MDC moms who I know IRL do use TV, and sometimes I think that my life would be soooo much easier if I just caved and provided TV or a selection of enticing DVDs. It's an area of "natural family living" where I am not getting any support (except from a couple of non-MDC "Waldorf" parents who I know IRL - but I am not a "Waldorf" parent).
post #172 of 236
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Originally Posted by nova22 View Post
Adding my vote, even though I haven't seen a mod post here for a while so I wonder if this thread is being watched anymore?
I am curious about this too
post #173 of 236
I would love to see this myself... we are not tv free now, but were for eight years and I'd like to get back to it and it would be wonderful to have a forum.
post #174 of 236


Popping in because I just saw a thread in Parenting Issues you all could help with and join in on, if you are interested:

TV Free (wannabe) ~ November Challenge

I'm sure your suggestions and insight would be greatly appreciated.
post #175 of 236
Man I wish this forum already existed. I'm on day 5 of no tv with my 3.5 year old and 21 month old. We've been low tv, like one 30 min show a day, but I'm seeing a huge difference in behavior and I would love to converse about it.
post #176 of 236
I would love a TV-free forum! I have been TV-free for about 3 years now, and I love, love, love it! I do not plan to own one in the future either. I really have a hard time visiting my parents with DS, as they have a huge screen HD tv that is blaring all the time. Please start this forum...
post #177 of 236
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Originally Posted by nova22 View Post
Adding my vote, even though I haven't seen a mod post here for a while so I wonder if this thread is being watched anymore?
Well, as I mentioned previously our main concern with such a thing would be staffing. We have some other things in the queue we are working on atm but will get to the TV free issue when we can.
post #178 of 236
Just adding my vote to the mix I'd love to see a forum on this... I didn't even know there was a thread for TV free, I'll have to find it now.
post #179 of 236
I just wanted to chime in and say that this is a great idea. We aren't tv free... and I wouldn't feel comfortable posting in the tv free tribe, but I would definitely search around a tv free forum for some ideas on activities to do that don't involve the tv - we are trying to cut back.

I just wanted to say that I think a lot of people, especially those who aren't totally tv free but would like to cut down on it, could benefit from that forum.
post #180 of 236
Another vote here for a tv-free forum! I am tv-free myself, but my dh and kids watch way too much (he stays at home with them during the day). I'd love to have a place to talk about all the issues that come up as a result of making this change...

Please please? :
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