Bravo to you! I hope you still have some videos though, sometimes you need some quiet down time and tv "deprived" kids
usually are just zombified with a video. We have many friends who do not allow their children to watch tv and when they come over I have to remind my dh to turn it off. They are not allow to watch due to content of commercials etc. One boy just goes zombie the second he sees it on commercial, sports event, anything and I turn it off and tell dh to do something else for awhile. We have a hard time understanding why this happens b/c our kids are oblivious to what is on the screen and their attention span is not that long with most tv programs. I don't get the tv / babysitter thing -- it certainly doesn't work for us.
I grew up in a virtually no tv house. When I was little there was 1 channel that was only on for 3 to 4 hours a day (this was the station, not a rule by my parents). So, I was allow to watch Seasame Street if we were home when it was on.
When we moved we never had more than an antenna and again very few channels and very little tv time. Then the tv antenna was struck by lightning and no tv for 5 years. Let me just say "current events' at school without a tv to watch at home for homework really set in that we were poor, very poor and I never did tell the teacher we didn't have a tv, I just got a bad grade.
When we moved we finally got a tv, but we went back to the 1 channel country and we were never home.
I enjoyed the little tv we did get. When I got married my dh had cable!!! Talk about an addiction. I made up for lost time, I developed a feeling of depravety from my childhood.
As a child, my family never spent money on entertainment like movies, video rentals, cable tv etc. I don't think we even owned a VCR until 1992. And we still never spent money on videos.
So, today in my own home, we have cable tv. My dh couldn't do without his football and other sports to watch. I tried when we moved here by telling him I wasn't dealing with the cable company, we were only a month without tv. We have the very least amount of cable you can get, antenna do not work here for broadcast pick-up too many mountains.
I think I watched a show for an hour day before yesterday! If it's off, the kids don't even turn it on and if it is on, often times they turn it off. I love going to my mom's -- there is no tv! And if we've (the kids and I) have fallen into a bad habit of watching, a trip to mom's will cure it fast.
I truly do applaude famillies that turn the tv off for good. There really isn't anything good on anyway. My df is living with us and she is just shocked at the content of primetime, her kids are at her mom's and she actually has had some time to turn the tv on. She's right, there isn't really anything that good on or worth filling our minds with.