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|So, what other kinds of topics would be covered? Other than the issue of character references, it wouldn't really occur to me to visit a TV-free forum. We don't have a TV, so TV just doesn't come up in our lives as an issue unless someone outside the family makes a reference to it. What am I missing?|
|How do you explain to your kids that your family does not watch TV, while others do? Will your kids fit in? What happens if you watch a few select videos - are you opening Pandora's box? What do TV-Free families do when some "down time" for mom and dad is needed, and there is no TV. How does one deal with criticism from family members and friends?|
|Just today I was wanting support; sick all day with 2 kids at home. Years ago I would have stuck some videos on; today I'm proud not to have/use that option but could have used some support and suggestions.|
|We need to help support those people who have made such a bold step, and to show others that there are alternatives to plugging in.|
|* convincing a spouse to get rid of the TV
* finding new ways for kids to occupy themselves so mama can do housework/have some personal time
* discussing the research on effects of TV exposure
* how to explain reasons for no-TV to family/friends
* concerns about DCs being "out of the loop" with their friends on pop culture
That said, Zinemama, you may be the perfect person to help someone who is trying to make the transition from tv-using to tv-free. Just a description of your day, for example, might help someone who wants to turn off the TV but isn't sure how, for example, she'll accomplish all she needs to accomplish without it. I'm not saying it's your responsibility to do it, but you might have a lot to offer to other families in the forum.
|I guess I just don't see the issue for myself because I was raised without a tv and it is so much the norm to be this way. (Although, I have to say, being raised without a tv by a mother who was - shall we say - a little overzealous about it, has made me a lot more relaxed about some of the things mothers here are worried about. If my kid watches tv at someone else's house or comes home with a character band-aid, it's really no big deal to me. I know those things didn't affect me in the long run.|
...we are listing to what you have to say. We are discussing it now. We are reviewing some forums and we will keep it on our list as we do that.
We are currently shortstaffed so the process might not be as fast as we all would like but we will keep it on our list.
Kate, Wife to DH and Mommy to a 5yo lovin' DS; three angels 4/08 9/08 3/10 in Heaven,
waitin' for my baby