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tv is the way my husband relaxes (as much as possible) and it's something that he uses to get dd to be quiet. i hate that. i want to cut down the tv as much as possible. i would almost eliminate it, and would eliminate it after weaning myself off of it.

i hate the commercialism. i hate the hidden sexuality in shows for young kids (my husband puts on spongebob for them to watch even though she just turned 4 in june. : i've mentioned to him many times how inappropriate it is but he seems to not give a fig.) i hate the violence, meanness and sarcasm.

is it possible that i would be able to be tv-free when he's not home and only allow tv when he's here? has anyone tried that? any pointers on explaining that to dd(4) that would make the transition easier? any tips on how we can deal with an withdrawal symptoms?

eta: i don't think i'd have as much of a problem with it if he was watching something like Peep or Little Bear with her, though i would want to limit that also so that she doesn't see tv as a crutch for getting through life (and getting nothing else done).
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is it possible that i would be able to be tv-free when he's not home and only allow tv when he's here? has anyone tried that? any pointers on explaining that to dd(4) that would make the transition easier? any tips on how we can deal with an withdrawal symptoms? QUOTE]


Absolutely. Turning off tv when he's not home is a great starting point for you and your DD. I also think it's wonderful to do it during the summer and you aren't cooped up in the house all day- by winter it will already be a habit and you will have developed new routines. Just tell her that you have all been watching too much TV, it isn't good for her or you, and you are now only going to watch TV during family time at night.

Good luck, it's worth the struggle
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why not block those channels by turning on the parental control?

When we had cable tv (we're just cable free not entirely tv-free) I turned on parental control for all the "kids" channels except PBS. Of course that won't stop your dh from turning the channel on for the kids....unless of course you don't give him the code ;o)
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why not block those channels by turning on the parental control?

When we had cable tv (we're just cable free not entirely tv-free) I turned on parental control for all the "kids" channels except PBS. Of course that won't stop your dh from turning the channel on for the kids....unless of course you don't give him the code ;o)
that's the problem. my husband likes to watch junk like spongebob so he'll put it on and then call her over to watch tv even if she's doing something else.
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