We are just going completely tv/video game free
We tried this a while back and it worked awesome. Then I gave into the pressure of DH to re intro the tv for a once a week movie which was a slipperly slope back to tv almost every day *sigh*
Anyway we quit cold turkey 2 days ago and its over.
I have 2 special needs kids, the oldest has OBVIOUS issues with tv (the other two have the "typical" kid issues with tv which are still pretty bad). But my oldest has autism and he just gets so tv obsessed that he will do nothing else but talk about it all day. Last time we pulled the tv he talked about it and played movies in his imagination for at least a week. And would do nothing else. Then he snapped out of it and it was incredible. He was doing so well that everyone who met him was amazed with the change. Then the harping on started, DH, DH's family, my family "well hes doing so good surely a once a week movie wouldnt be a problem" or "let him play a video game while he is sick and lying on the couch" ect....
Like I said spiral down. Then his behaviors got bad again, so bad that the tv became a habit, it was my daily "break" and I would let him watch a half houra after lunch every day....
Then the other day I just had it, the behaviors were horrible, he was sneaking tv every time I turned my back, wouldnt stop talking about it, refused to play with his toys.
And I lost it at DH. I told him we were done, that the tv could go completely as far as I was concerned, but if he wanted it it would have to be moved to somewhere the kids couldnt get to it (preferably the computer/office room since I don't let them on the computer either). But that I was finished. And if anyone so much as started to give me a hard time on this I would lose it with them.
My DH thankfully agreed, that all of them just didn't seem as well off as that time when we were tv free.
So we started again, 2 days into a week of what will be torture for my oldest, but when he gets back where he was, where he is happy without the darned thing, it will be overwith for as long as he lives under this roof.
I'm ready to be tv free too. So I think I'm going to try to talk DH into just selling/giving away the tv rather than moving it. We'll see. I don't think he is personally ready to be done with tv. But the kids for sure and probably me are done.