Originally Posted by WuWei
Yes, ending a sentence with a preposition might get you booted from Learning at Home and Beyond.
Actually, this is no longer considered unacceptable--which is not to say I don't try to change it in everything I edit!
I guess it does really depend on your kids. My five-year-old won't walk away from the TV. She'll watch anything that happens to be on it. The other day while she was sick I was sitting in bed with her while she was watching...something about Billy and Mandy?...on the Cartoon Network. It looked harmless enough at first. But OMG. It was actually making me sick to my stomach to hear these characters scream at each other! I mentioned a little bit about how they were talking to each other, and could you imagine if we talked to each other that way? She was silent, wide-eyed and open-mouthed. Finally, I said I was going to change it, because I just couldn't listen to them talk to each other that way, it was bothering me. She was like, OK. And then made a negative remark about what they were saying. But she doesn't seem to get that she can turn it off. Or maybe because it was the only kids' show we could find and she didn't want to just turn it off, she'd rather sit there and watch something awful.
We did go through a phase where I told her she was in charge of her TV viewing, and that she could decide when to turn it off and what to watch. She literally watched 7-8 hours of TV a day most days and, with few exceptions, chose TV over going out to the park or to visit friends or go to the grocery store with me. Finally I couldn't take it anymore and we had to cut back again.
For us, in our house, TV causes conflict in so many ways. For obvious reasons, with the kids. On a more subtle level, between DH and me. I can't sit and watch TV with him because he flipflipflipflips. Next thing you know, I've seen enough of four shows to want to know what happens in all of them, and he moves on to something else. Or I'm frustrated because I really wanted to watch Nip/Tuck (which, I admit, is crap...delicious, delicious crap!) but I had to spend an hour getting the little one to bed, while he got to watch the whole thing. Or instead of helping me clean up the house at night after the kids go to bed, his arse is glued to the couch, watching poker, Kill Bill, infomercials, and Ninja Warrior all at once. Or after everyone goes to sleep, I sit down to work, but I don't really want to work (I hate my job and the fact that I have to work, especially at 1 a.m.), so I put on the TV as "background" and next thing I know, it's 4 a.m. and I've just watched three episodes of Alias and gotten almost no work done.
I'm sure lots of people have more self-control than we do. I don't know. But I do know that in our house, TV is insidious. It fills in all the little spaces in our lives, and creeps into everything we do. Maybe a DVR would help that? We keep meaning to get one. But I also feel like a DVR would be even more pressure, because DH gets edgy when we have Netflix videos sitting in our bookshelf going unwatched. As it is now, if we miss something we "wanted" to watch, it's gone, and we don't get sucked into it. If we DVR everything we "want" to watch, I wonder if we'd end up watching even more. Hmmm...
Those are my thoughts on it. Hopefully your family will have a better dynamic with the thing!