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post #21 of 48
We had no cable when I was growing up, but we were allowed to watch an hour of age appropriate shows a day on PBS. Usually Wishbone or Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow.. that sort of thing. Probably what I will do with my kids too. I think those kinds of shows are more educational than harmful, we also did (and still do) a family movie night on Saturday night. Also, our parents always watched our TV with us and made it an activity where we talked about it and stuff.
post #22 of 48
I don't ever recall anyone calling me a freak, at least they didn't do it to my face. As a PP said, I also don't get a lot of references/jokes, but, it doesn't bother me. People do take a moment and go "really?", but the conversation just moves on normally. I don't feel left out. But, I sure did enjoy nonstop Columbo, Murder She Wrote, and whatnot with my grandma when I visited once per year.

Oh, and we weren't totally TV-free - I did watch get to watch movies with my parents now and then - the TV was in their room.

I don't know what we'll do about the TV, for now is in our room and he has watched PBS a handful of times. DH had a really hard time with the move to the bedroom. He was a "TV on all the time" kind of guy.
post #23 of 48
Tanget: My grandma watches murder she wrote & columbo reruns to this day! LOL. Also Walker Texas Ranger, she always says, "oh that Walker Texas Ranger has such a cute butt!" lol, thanks for the memory Tellera.
post #24 of 48
We had one tv until I was 16. Because it was in the living area, shows always had to be mom approved. I'm sure I was the only one of my friends who watched Dr. Quinn and never saw the simpsons.
post #25 of 48
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Originally Posted by azzuranotte View Post
We had one tv until I was 16. Because it was in the living area, shows always had to be mom approved. I'm sure I was the only one of my friends who watched Dr. Quinn and never saw the simpsons.
My siblings and I watched Dr. Quinn every morning during one summer - we were about 11, 13, 15, and 17. And I NEVER saw the Simpsons until my mom left!
post #26 of 48

I have TV

and my kids are freaks anyway. We do that bad, bad, badddd thing- we teach them to think for themselves.... whoa, it's dangerous for them when you do that. F*R*E*A*K*S* R' Us!!!! Ya know? but yeah mine do watch TV. I wish they did not but my hubby won't give up the TV and so they see *some* . But like I said, they are still freaks... they aren't into pop culture. my 12 year old really stands out. oh well. He's a super sweet, sensitive kid : ) If your hubby is on board then I'd say, run with it and be glad! Tell your family to Mind their own bees wax....

Sheila
post #27 of 48
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Originally Posted by Purplehaze View Post
and my kids are freaks anyway. We do that bad, bad, badddd thing- we teach them to think for themselves.... whoa, it's dangerous for them when you do that. F*R*E*A*K*S* R' Us!!!! Ya know? but yeah mine do watch TV. I wish they did not but my hubby won't give up the TV and so they see *some* . But like I said, they are still freaks... they aren't into pop culture. my 12 year old really stands out. oh well. He's a super sweet, sensitive kid : ) If your hubby is on board then I'd say, run with it and be glad! Tell your family to Mind their own bees wax....

Sheila
This is us exactly. My kids do watch TV - more than I'd like but they do watch things that are very different from the typical kid things. They like japanese animation, musical movies (Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby etc.) and opera. We don't have cable. I'd love to do away with the box but DH wants no part of that.
post #28 of 48

Oh phooey!

We're not TV free (we love TV here) BUT we have no issues with people who don't watch.

I don't think it's a big deal at all.
post #29 of 48
We have a tv, just one. But we really dont watch a lot of tv already. We are remodeling etc and at one point this summer we didnt even have it hooked up for about 3 weeks. Not once did DD1 ask about it.

But we as a lifestyle, are not big tv people as it is. I cannot remember the last time we watched a movie etc because we always have something going on.
post #30 of 48
We just got cable...which I am not thrilled with. Though even with cable, not much tv is watched. Dh and I are super picky about what is on when ds is around, and even for ourselves...so far I've watched Criss Angel (I love magic a lot). I used to watch the History Channel a lot, I don't think things like that are that bad...but I do have to admit I really loved not having any tv period, and I'd be very happy to go back to that.
post #31 of 48
Don't worry about them being freaks from no TV. We've already made them all into freaks, what with the:slings, EBF, family bed, homeschooling, novac, nocirc
post #32 of 48
Well, you can put us in the freak category too then. Our children have never had a television- in fact, in the seven years that DH and I have been married, we have never owned a television (and we like it that way!)

And yeah, with everything else we do to make us freaks in our society:, what's one more, eh?
post #33 of 48
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Originally Posted by mommaof3boz View Post
Don't worry about them being freaks from no TV. We've already made them all into freaks, what with the:slings, EBF, family bed, homeschooling, novac, nocirc
: so true! This thread is getting quite funny actually

I grew up with strictly limited TV to no TV at times. I believe it helped more than hurt
post #34 of 48
We had no TV until I was - maybe 12? And I would prefer a no-TV household, but it hasn't panned out. IME it helped us be better readers and more creative thinkers. The only time I felt really left out was in college when the girls on my floor were all googly over their memories of having rented Grease as pre-teens. And obviously it was a pretty fleeting experience.
post #35 of 48
Can my little freeks join in the playing with the other little freeks? I enjoy no TV. I find I am less in a hurry because oh my goondess such and such show is on. We do have a tv. It get a whole 2 channels LOL. The thing is turned on maybe once a week if that and not by my kids or I but my grandmother. My kids to watch DVDs on the little tiny DVD player I have that can be car or house plug in. I find they play more together, and with their fav toys/dolls/stuffed animals now then before we had no TV. Works for me!
post #36 of 48
As a child we weren't allowed to watch much tv. We weren't allowed to watch GI Joe(except the end with the moral), Dennis the Menace (he treated his mom very badly) and I wasn't allowed to watch the news for quite some time as a child (made me cry/worry).
It actually became a standing joke with most of my friends that I didn't know a TV show unless it was on PBS. I didn't really care, I had books and talking/playing with my family/friends.
Good for you on going TV-free! I wish some of my students' parents would do that or at least less tv...heck, these kids have seen more R rated movies then I have and I teach middle school! Bring on old fashioned play!
post #37 of 48
Come share your thoughts about a tv forum for MDC over here:

Proposing a new Sub-Forum: TV-Free Families
post #38 of 48
I was raised tv-free, and I'm a happy freak. We have one now, which gets used for movies once or twice a month. It's going to stay that way, too.
post #39 of 48
hilarious!!! i didn't read all the posts, so i'm sorry if this is repeated. advertising to children is out of control on television. some of the stuff they're pushing on kids is freaky, imo.
post #40 of 48
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Originally Posted by rachiem View Post
We have decided to do away with TV for the time/brain/money suck it creates.
We have been TV-free for years and I love it . We parents rent DVDs occasionally, but even that is rare. Our kids don't have any DVDs nor do we rent any for them. In our cohousing community, most of the children don't watch TV regularly. They play outside and build forts with cushions and stuff . I don't worry about how it will affect my kids because dh and I had very restricted TV viewing as children. Instead we both got really into this -->
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