What is the weirdest response you've heard when you've mentioned your TV Free lifestyle
The weirdest comment I got was, "Well, aren't you just better than everyone."
This was at a dinner party, after someone politely asked me what my favorite show was and I said I didn't have a favorite show but DH and I sometimes watch episodes of "The Office" when we remember, and then that person asked what, you don't watch TV? I said, no, not really (not even mentioning that we don't even own a TV) and this third person who'd been listening growled the question in this super angry tone. It was so strange...like our not watching television was somehow all about her? I don't know. Talk about a chip on the shoulder. I just smiled and said, "No, not at all, but it's kind of you to say so!" She was not amused.
Loving wife and mama to my sweet little son (Fall 2008) and a beautiful baby girl (Fall 2010)
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty. --George Bernard Shaw
Some people truly watch so much TV that they just can't fathom life without it. Just like I can't fathom life with it
Really, there is no answer to these types of comments.
We do all kinds of fun stuff all day, and my kids don't feel deprived at all.
However, my mother in law feels differently - whenever we visit them, they let my 3 yr old watch an hour or two of tv while my husband and I are away from the house. She has once got us a tv at a garage sale, saying we'd like to have it. We put it on a shelf in the basement and finally freecycled it (after wiping off the inch of accumulated dust) during a decluttering frenzy. They (my in laws) are definitely tv-addicts, and are convinced our children are going to grow up deprived.
And "the kids don't feel outside for not being able to watch tv?".
Yeah well, ignorance is bliss.
I just discovered this forum and I'm so glad to see we're not the only ones who don't have a TV.
My mother is still disturbed by no TV reception. She "wouldn't be able to stand it"- like we are cut off from civilization and just staring at the wall.
The fact that we get 5 dvd's at a time from Netflix for our family doesn't count or if we watch something online it doesn't count.
Kim ~mom to one awesome dd (12)
I don't guess I've gotten any weird comments, but my husband has had disagreements with a family member over what our kids are watching over there and I really don't get it. WHY??? do kids need to indiscriminately watch TV?
Lisa, lucky mama of Kelly (3/93) , Emma (5/03) , Evan (7/05) , & Jenna (6/09)
Loving my amazing dh, James & forever missing Aaron Ambrose (11/07)
|Alot of people (especially the teenagers my dh teaches) say,"But what doyour kids do?" Uh...PLAY!!!|
It's a choice I've made and I am happy with. I have gotten similar snotty snide little comments once from someone who asked what I watched on Thursday nights. I told her (politely) that I don't have a TV and she said, "Well, I have to have one I have a child." If she wouldn't have said it in a really rude manner I probably wouldn't have taken so much pleasure in saying, "Actually I have two children."
Evergreen- Loving my girls Dylan age8, Ava age 4 and baby Georgia (6/3/11).
I wish I could find a you tube clip I saw 100 years ago that had me cracking up. It was a spoof on a guy who didn't have a tv, and it was all he could talk about. He'd meet people and say, "Hi, blah, blah, blah" then steer the conversation in such a way that he'd have a miniscule window into which he could inject into the conversation, "I don't have a tv." IT as set to music and was so silly and funny.
Much better to keep that info to yourself. It makes people feel indicted otherwise.
I don't understand why I would need to watch tv during the day??? And what would I watch? And who would watch my kid?!
We initially chose not to have TV in our lives because of the research regarding brain development in children. And I can definitely see a difference between DS's play skills and imagination when we are with other children. However, I am also 100% convinced that I am a better parent by virtue of not having that distraction. It would just be too easy to ignore my DS or tune out his needs, and for what?? I never want to send the message that something that trivial is more important to me than him. And I agree with the PP - a day full of daytime talk shows and soap operas would have me jumping off a cliff!
The conversation is a little strained at times when we inform them we don't watch tv. People do get really defensive and put off.
I'm glad I remembered this forum because I've been having some trouble with this lately...... I'll be reading eagerly!
This triggered a very interesting discussion, as to why they think it is 'natural' to have TV available for babies and toddlers.
Since we got rid of the TV, our house is much more peaceful and we are listening to music we haven't listened to in ages. And the house is more organised and we actually get dinner on the table. DH and I do watch movies on the computer when we have the time. It is working really well for us. I just need to get my computer time under control.... but for now that is my main source of support
I do get a lot more done without a real TV though. Watching things on the computer means I can pause it and actually do housework or prepare dinner...I'm not racing commercials.
My husband likes to say that TV is passe these days anyway. ;-)
OK not to sure that I'm going to get that job!?
The main reasons we don't have cable is like a previous poster said...We'd watch it ALL THE TIME! It's addicting! and not to mention the cost! Oh my goodness! People act like the AT LEAST 50 bucks a month is a NEEDED cost! Like food and heat! I just don't understand it
but then we moved back to the US where we would have to pay for cable, and chose not to, not bc we can't afford it but bc there is really nothing good to watch anymore. we get 2 netflix, and DH listens to nascar on AM radio, and i like to listen to dr.laura (sp?) in the eve if all goes well.
all though my 2 1/2 yr son watches one dvd a day, i wish the things we had him watch were a little more useful. he usually watches cars, shrek, thomas, or jungle book im looking for veggie tales for cheap somewhere, and thinking about getting sesame street on dvd; the few episodes he's seen he has absorbed alot. we haven't gotten any really bad comments, but it's funny to see ppl's faces when we tell them we listen to AM radio, it's like they are saying...."that still exists?" and so far our netflix has been 90% documentary. and even though i only have a 2 1/2 yr old and a 2mo old, the only time i sit down is when im breastfeeding and when we go out side to play w/ neighbor 2-3 hours a day.
I use ds tv time to get as much housework done that I'd rather him not "help" me with....lol
but it's weird he asks to watch tv ALL the time, he knows he gets one and that's it unless mom and dad want to watch a movie. dose any one else have a LO w/ limited screen time but asks all day long to watch something?
sometimes ppl say "how do you know if somethings happening" you know like weather or disaster....we do have internet, and radio but the thing that i find really sad is that a few times that lights have gone out due to tornadoes (we live in GA) we are the ones w/ the battery powered radio, no one else knows what to do. (i know that's a MUST HAVE in upstate NY, along w/ candles batteries and a generator when powers is gone for a week or more...lol)
oh yeah, the other day at church, the pastor made a comment about a new show and we both looked at each other and asked "what's that?" neither of us has even heard of if it. and then tonight we were trying to put more movies on our netflix list and are running out of documentaries, and couldn't come up w/ much to put on the list b/c we don't know what movies are out there and haven't taken the time to look....it's refreshing to be a dork sometimes.
sorry so long i don't have too many friends so i tend to type everything when im on here...lol
dreadlock mom to Israel 01/23/07 & Titus 07/10/09
I watch some shows here or there while DS is napping, but DS doesn't watch tv. Sometimes DH will take him down there during a football game if I'm busy, but DS doesn't really seem to notice the tv (until people clap - then he stops what he's doing to clap along). He's just happy to play with his toys. I think he thinks tv is just not interesting.