Hello, my name is Chessa and I am a TV addict. I am also a professional at making excuses for it! We did get rid of our cable a year ago, which has cut down on some of the mindless crap that I used to watch. But we do still have Tivo (lifetime subscription - we're not still paying for it) so I still tape stuff to watch during DS's naps, when I'm putting him to bed, after he's asleep, etc. The TV is in our bedroom and for some reason when I'm nursing him down, it doesn't attract his attention at all. I have the volume low and the closed captioning on, so I can still watch. But see! Excuses! The one time of the day I have the most trouble with (especially in winter when it gets dark so early) is bedtime - I can't freaking read in the dark! And DS takes a little while to get down, and I literally want to crawl out of my skin laying there in the dark waiting...for him...to fall...asleep. Naptimes, i can read and it's not such a big deal. After he's down I can either get up or use my nightlight without bothering him.
Also, around this time last year we cut WAY back on TV - like 1 hour a week? Or 1/2 an hour a day? I can't remember but it was a major cutback for me. I told myself I would only Tivo the stuff that I really, really loved and wanted to watch. It was great - I read a lot more, wrote in my journal, cooked more, cleaned up more...but the reality of the addiction was so apparent! I thought about TV all the time. I had to constantly remind myself NOT to turn it on. Again, only while DS was asleep, but that basically equals all of my downtime as a SAHM.
And I just realized how the crap has slowly but surely crept back into my Tivo over the past year. So much crap! I watch shows I don't even really like. WTH? Part of it is that I am an info junkie. I have a library degree for crying out loud! I also tend to replace TV time with computer time which isn't as bad, but I can get just as cranky and sucked into the computer when I'm in "research mode."
I totally grew up on TV. I could watch movies on video from dawn to dusk. My mom has the TV on literally all day long. As do her parents. My dad is a computer addict. It's so strange! It's so obviously a security blanket, a talisman against loneliness. But it's so seductive, too! We're so afraid of boredom...of maybe finding out how boring as people we've become?
I am proud that we have raised DS - who is almost 2 - totally TV free so far. Thanks in large part to my DH's dogged determinism on the matter! I totally would have caved for long plane rides or illnesses, but DH is dead set against it. Which is good!
I am a little concerned, because once he's 2 I lose the AAP backing of "no screen time until 2 yrs." I need to bone up on my research to have some stuff in my arsenal to answer questions that relatives will undoubtedly throw my way.
Ok. Novel over. Return to your regularly scheduled surfing.