Well, for those of you who just can't make the jump to TV-free, I highly recommend going cable free (or getting only the local channels). We've been this way for over a month, and everybody's TV viewing has gone down considerably. PBS only shows kid shows a few hours a day.... so it's not like they can sit like zombies in front of Noggin. Even with those few hours, our kids are down to maybe 30-60 minutes of TV/day down from many many hours.
So, give it a try
Mom to DS(8), DS(6), DD(4), and DS(1). "Kids do as well as they can."
We did this too. We only had basic cable for the past year and we shut that off recently. Now we are down to only movies from Netflix and a local place that has lots of good, non-violent type movies. I am sure we will continue with movies, DP is Hindu so we watch a few bollywood movies in between other movies, so the TV is staying. Would we qualify as TV-free if we bought a projector and viewed movies that way?
We tried to go cable free... but it didn't work! We aren't paying for cable any more but oddly enough still get half the channels. We do watch a lot less TV than we did before (especially me, as they aren't the channels I watched) but we still watch more than I would like. (Especially Family Guy, I worry that DS is getting too old to be in the room when it's on.)
We're getting there though.
Sarahmarried to Kyle Mama to Orion 08/07 and introducing Alice! 02/11 DCP to 1 busy munchkin! and a CRST too!
Over several years of experimenting we have found a good balance for us. We get cable from October-March and go completely channel-free the rest of the year. Because we are used to not having the channels most of the time we are not in the habit of watching mindless TV. Some days we don't watch anything and other days my 13yo DS will watch Iron Chef and my 3yo DS will watch Super Why.
I just cancelled my cable due to financial reasons. I have been wanting to go tv-free or at least cut it down for a long time but I am an addict. It was the lack of funds that made it a must for us. We are planning to still watch movies from the library.
married to DH for eleven years Mama to dd1 1/30/07 and dd2 7/12/10
My husband really wanted a new truck and I was against it because of financial reason. He called me from work the other day and said "what if we cut off the DirectTV." I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I've been wanting to get rid of it for 3 years now.
I totally fell into letting my DS watch tv for about 30 minutes a day and it has turned into program after program.....especially when I'm trying to get something done (work, dinner, putting DD down for nap). It has become such a nasty bad habit and I feel like my child is suffering because of it. Not outwardly, but unstructured play would be so much better for him. It's just become too easy and I'm super excited to cut off the tv! I'm going to have to get really creative!
DS1 started watching TV last december when I was in my 3rd trimester and he was 25 months old. He now loves his "shows". So slowly we are weaning the TV. Got rid of cable so all we have is PBS kids shows during the day and DVDs.
I am at this forum to get the motiviation to really limit and hopefully eliminate TV from DS1. I don't mind the occassional movie... but right now it is just too much.
My goals are to gradually limit... offer other activities... and not eat in front of the tv... DS1 usually eats lunch while watching a show....
Linda - Mom who will never be afraid to use an Epi-Pen again! Epi-Pens save lives! Charlie 4 yrs old, Harry 2 yrs old & someone new March 8, 2010!