|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?
Tamagotchi, I'm feeling a little silly explaining/defending my ideas about a hierarchy of threads for a forum that doesn't yet exist...
and maybe you wouldn't need to visit the forum for any reason other than to discuss the tv-show-character issue, but others have expressed some thread ideas. Here are a few of them:
|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
> Does no TV= no visual electronic media (no movies, no youtube clips, games, etc.?)
> Do your kids watch TV outside of the home?
> TV-free babies, toddlers, preschoolers, etc. -- concerns are different. Orienting response issues vs. content issues, etc.
> Defending your ideas when EVERY OTHER MOM YOU KNOW IRL TELLS YOU YOU'RE CRAZY (oops, was I shouting?
> Traveling without the portable DVD player (people told us there was NO WAY we could drive the kids 800 miles without one...
> Ideas to help mamas making the no-tv transition get the 30 minutes of peace they have come to rely on the TV to provide...
Anyway, maybe you won't be stopping by much, which I think would be too bad. I think you'd be a great model for other mamas trying to make the transition. I read your comments re: the speech therapist and would also love a way to help doctors, therapists, etc., "get" that my kids won't understand a lot of the references they've made... (although the kids seem to have picked up a lot of it by osmosis.