Blessedly, my TV broke several weeks ago. I didn't have the $$ to get it fixed at the time, and now that I've been without it for so long I've decided not to get it fixed.
Short of that, maybe some behavioral stuff would help you: unplug it and wrap the plug in several layers of tape; turn the screen toward the wall; put the TV in the back of a closet; wrap your remote in a baggies and several layers of tape so you can't get at it. Just some ideas for you to think about.
Do you like to knit or read or garden or cook? Whatever your interests, dive in with both feet. At first I felt like I was simply filling my free time, now I crave the time I can devote to my interests. We moms are always so short on that anyway.
You can do it!!
Surviving sleep deprivation one day at a time with dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08).
I am a big believer in COLD TURKEY. It works! Just have a plan - have books, games, music, cooking, whatever you like to do - have it planned for those moments when you get the itch to turn on the TV. Don't look at the TV guide, or the tv section of the paper, don't look at People magazine and other things that will make you think of your shows! Just cut it out of your life for at least a couple weeks, and I promise you by then you will realize you don't need it at all anymore!
dreadlock mom to Israel 01/23/07 & Titus 07/10/09
ETA: We've been cable free (no broadcast at all) for 22 months. The biggest advantages have been freedom from the effects of commercials and broadcast news. I do love to veg out in front of the tv with my knitting and a glass of wine, but I get to see the best that tv has to offer and skip the worst.
for example, notice when you watch TV. do you always watch from 7-10 pm? well, go through and choose your favorite shows. . .those you absolutely LOVE. in my TV days (which ended two weeks ago), i loved The Biggest Loser, COmmunity, and 30 Rock. Luckily, the last two were on the same day. So, my TV days were Tues and Thurs.
This left Mon, Wed, and Fri (i hardly watch TV on weekends anyway) for me to 'schedule.' well, Fri i worked teaching yoga, so nothing to schedule there. That left Mon and Wed. My DH and i decided that Monday would be reading/writing night, and that Wednesday would be Music/Movie/Other activity night.
This made turning off the TV easier because i knew i had things to do on non-TV nights and i also knew that i could still indulge in my favorite shows.
now, we are moving to NZ. so, we sold our TV and DVD player. our computer can play DVDs or we can order through ITunes, so when we want to watch a movie, we can. But we will continue to be TV free.
So far, we are enjoying it. we have been online a lot more than we like (preparing for our trip), but when we move, we are sure that we will be busy with a lot of fun, life things. we are looking forward to it!
We got a wii... not exactly cutting down on screen time. LOL. It does cut down on what TV shows we watch, though. Beyond that, we dropped cable and went with netflix with the instant-play device (roku). At least we weren't getting ads... Cutting down my Kid's tv watching, on the other hand, is more difficult. I think I'm just a pushover. But at least they're not getting the ads...
Jenna ~ mommy to Sophia Elise (1/06), Oliver Matthew (7/07) and Avery Michael (3/10)
Wading slowly and nervously into this homeschooling thing.