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#1 of 7 Old 05-19-2009, 03:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone had any luck starting one of these in your own community? My DH and I are thinking of trying to get a group together and I'm looking for suggestions. Thanks in advance!

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You could try Meetup.com. When you register, you select your interests & one of the choices is tv-free. Unfortunately, the only other people in my area (NYC suburb) who selected tv-free live pretty far away.

Another option I can think of is to find a Waldorf school or Waldorf homeschooling group. Those parents are supposed to be tv-free.
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I wish! I found my other tv-free friends by AP playgroups and LLL locally. I am also thinking of posting in the local homeschool yahoo group too, because as DS gets older it's getting harder. He has a ton of friends, and some are very media oriented and some are TV-free, but specifically I wish he has some tv-free BOY friends. All of the media restricted families we know are all girls. Which, again, is fine and great and he LOVES those kids. But it would be nice to find some 5+ year old boys who have families taking a similar path. It seems boys + media = violence and aggression and I hate that!

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I've found several low media families through our local natural parenting/babywearing group.
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That would be terrific. TV free families around here are so rare that a friend of a friend told a friend of a friend who was tv-free about our family. The mom sent me an giddy e-mail, saying that her daughters didn't have any tv friends and that she'd love to meet us. She and the kids is coming over Friday--here's hoping everyone enjoys themselves!

That said we do know several families where tv is a very low priority, which is great. We love these people for other reasons, too, of course, but the busy, fun, creative, non-consumery lives they lead go hand in hand with low tv/no video games choice they made, me thinks.

Boat baby--I know what you mean about boys/tv/violent play, but I also know that my two boys can get fairly aggressive all on their own. Maybe because there are two of them and they are older, but they can play really rough--and enjoy it. Granted, they are more likely to play good-old fashioned cops and robbers or kidnapped or treasure island instead of some tv-inspired game, but still they are not the peaceable creatures I thought they'd be!

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Boat baby--I know what you mean about boys/tv/violent play, but I also know that my two boys can get fairly aggressive all on their own. Maybe because there are two of them and they are older, but they can play really rough--and enjoy it. Granted, they are more likely to play good-old fashioned cops and robbers or kidnapped or treasure island instead of some tv-inspired game, but still they are not the peaceable creatures I thought they'd be!
Completely true for us too. It's not that he doesn't like to play swords and pirates and such. It's just that he also loves to build fairy houses and play house too. And for media entrenched boys his age that is out of the question.

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Thanks everyone! You're responses have been really helpful!

We're actually thinking of starting a group more to offer support for families who would like to go tv-free or some variation of it. We know no one who is limiting or forgoing tv for their children, but talk to so many families who wish that they could. We often ask ourselves if more families would try tv-free if they had support or even knew of someone else who had done it. We're still on the fence about it though and wonder if there would be any interest. I tried the meetup.com link and there is no one within 100 of miles of me that is tv-free on there.

Thanks again mamas!

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