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...Or am I insane?<br><br>
My twins are almost 2.5; they're no-TV kids -- lately, though, between this long cold snap, winter bug upon winter bug, and their recent decision to stop napping, I'm feeling in dire need of new activities.<br><br>
No-TV moms of twins, triplets, or more -- (or just more than one under 5) -- what fun are you getting up to these days?<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hola.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hola">: TV-free multiples here! My twins are 13 months and I also have a 3.5 year old ds. The twins have never watched TV and my ds has been TV-free for about 4-5 months now.<br><br>
We are not very organized but I am working on it. We mainly read books, play with toys (wooden nesting bowls, blocks, push toys, dress up), wander around the house, stand at the windows and look at the snow, go for drives, take baths. Doesn't sound very exciting but those seem to be the activities we do throughout the day.<br><br>
Anyway, this is a great idea for a thread. Now, if I can only figure out how to subscribe, because I will probably forget to come back and check. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Awww, I was so excited about this tribe! Where is everyone? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Hellooooo? Where are you, mamas? The twins are 20 months old now and still have never watched TV and I hope they never will. My 4 year old is TV-free as well. In fact, we got rid of our TV, so we are a TV-free family in our home, but dh and I will occasionally go out to a movie (like a few times a year.) I love how my 3 kids can entertain themselves with picture books, interact with each other, play dress up, etc. It is so amazing to see their minds work and I feel so good knowing I am protecting them from all forms of media. Gotta run...
 

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Joining in. We're tv-free (we actually don't have a tv at home anymore) but dh & I will watch a dvd on the computer on occassion once the kidlets are in bed. There are 4 of them (almost 7, almost 4, and 17 month twins). I'm very happy about this - sure it would be easier to plop them in front of the tv, but on the occassions where they do have tv exposure, I really see a negative difference in how they play & act afterwards. My older 2 used to watch but we stopped about 3 years ago.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Well, look who joined us! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It is all your fault we went TV-free. I used to get kind of annoyed/mad at mamas who didn't let their kids watch TV and I just couldn't figure out how their kids could function without it. My oldest ds was watching Baby Einstein starting at about 4 months and he was a cartoon junkie by the time he was 18 months. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> It's so sad but I am so amazed at the turn around in him over this last year since we went TV-free. He is much calmer, more imaginative, more active (learned how to ride his 2 wheel bike at 4 years old). Anyway, I am just very happy that the twins were protected from all that and I am so impressed at how well they entertain themselves with picture books, simple toys, etc.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Glad to be here! Now where are the rest of the mamas? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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hey...we're here too!!!! dh & i watch some netflix after our children go to bed, but that's it. no elmo, no einstein, no nothing...and guess what, they are the most mellow, creative little people around. so glad to have found you all! i'm the only one in my multiples club who doesn't do tv...they think i'm nuts...i think they're nuts!!!!<br><br>
now, to figure out how to add that cool phrase/link i saw to my siggy...
 

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Yay, another crazy mama out there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We don't watch tv here either. My DPs do watch and play video games, but no tv watching. We do have a vsmile baby, does that count? He has to do something to make the thing go. At least it's not completely brainless. My twins are too young to watch but my DS is 22 months old.
 

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Another TV-Free Multiples Family Here. Dds are 26 months old and have not seen TV. I don't know if they have any idea what it is.<br><br>
It's funny, we have a book with tons of pictures of household objects, animals etc. etc. and I have always just called the television in there a box. We go to Barnes and Nobel sometimes and when they see the "character" stuffed animals they just give them their own names (red guy, shoe guy, yellow guy, dog).<br><br>
I am so proud of myself that even on my darkest of parenting days, I never succumed to it. I don't really like watching it myself now and really only watch when dh initiates it.
 

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Hi, just popping my head in. Though I don't think we officially belong anymore <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> but my twins were TV-free until they were almost 5. Now I let them watch a video in the afternoons while their toddler brother naps as part of their "quiet time". It's almost always a farming DVD or Miss Spider's Sunny Patch or Little Bear... pretty benign stuff and to be honest it's the mind-numbing part of it that is kind of nice as they don't nap anymore and they just chill out for 30 min. on the sofa and the rest of quiet time we read or they play quietly. So hoping y'all don't kick me out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Anyway, TV free with multiples (and for a while we even had "three under three"), is H-A-R-D but do-able. What made it possible for us was having a fenced in backyard right off of our kitchen and I could have them outside while getting stuff done or cooking inside. Likewise, we have a little playroom in earshot of the kitchen that they can be in without me and I can hear if something's wrong - and they're happy in there by themselves playing and are good company for each other while I'm putting dinner on or making lunch or folding laundry (i.e., those times during the day when I need a break or I need to focus on something and would otherwise turn on the TV). I'm not sure I could have done it had my kids been the type to be very clingy ALL the time (they sure had their moments) or we didn't have a safe backyard and/or playroom.
 

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Our twins are almost 14 months now and this is our current tv situation--the twins do not watch tv as an actual activity but ds discovered the tv and how to turn it on. It is on a low tv table in the living room which is where they play a lot. But he really just likes to push the button. Once it is on he usually walks right away and onto something else at which point I just click the tv off-no one complains or even notices. So at this point I don't really see a need to go through a lot of trouble to move/cover or otherwise limit the tv (DH and I do watch some shows after the kids are in bed). I do believe that the more you restrict something the more alluring it becomes. My SIL's kids are not allowed to watch tv at their home but often are allowed to watch it at my in-laws, now as soon as they walk in the door there that is all they want to do!<br>
I guess its mainly the age my twins are at right now that it hasn't been an issue. Our philosophy is that this is their house too and we try not to restrict, they are allowed to play with pretty much everything (as long as its not dangerous) so why would the tv be any different? Especially when at this age they really are playing with it (as a physical object) and not watching it--we don't have cable so we only get a few fuzzy channels and they stand so close that their eyes are level with the buttons, not the screen. Anywho, I am definitely oppossed to using the tv as some form of babysitter, and we don't turn it on FOR them or encourage them to watch it for our own convenience (I can't imagine them sitting still for that long!)
 

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We're here! I can't believe I've never seen this thread!<br><br>
My nearly 2 year old twins and my 5.5 year old dd are TV free. Dd watches videos at friend's houses, and at school(<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: ), and we've had a couple of special movie nights after the boys go to bed, but that's it. We tried to make the boys watch a short video recently in order to facilitate the dreaded haircuts, but they screamed anyway, so they're probably going to be TV-free for awhile longer!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Dh and I indulge a movie after bedtime once a week or so. We've been TV- free since dd was a baby (with the exception of the first 6 months of the boys lives, when I needed something to do while nursing, but that was only when dd was alsleep or at nursery school), so it just isn't an issue. Dd never asks. Our computer, and dvd player are in our skanky basement, so it's not a very inviting place to be.<br><br>
I have to say, I feel like of all the parenting decisions I've made, including birthing my twins at home, cd, extended bf, etc, this is the one that most sets us apart from others. Lots of people think we're nuts.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I totally agree! Not only do people think we are nuts, but I find people get defensive when they find out we are TV-free. Trust me, I am not judging families that watch TV because that used to be us, but it is funny that I can do so many alternative things and what finally freaks people out is that we have no TV. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
So what kind of books do your kids like? We have kind of fallen into a habit of nursing and reading. I will lay on my back on the bed and hold a book up to read to my 4 year old while the twins tandem nurse. They are only 20 months old, but they really enjoy this story time. They used to just nurse through it but now they point and watch as they nurse. It's pretty cute. My 4 year old loves the Elsa Beskow books and the twins absolutely love the Beatrix Potter board books we have, as well as those 4 season board books-forget who makes them but they are European.<br><br>
Just curious, how many of the TV-free mamas are also Waldorf mamas?
 

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Hey y'all, interested in a TV-free subforum? Post here!<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=9159056#post9159056" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...56#post9159056</a>
 

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Thanks for the link to that conversation. I just added my two cents!
 
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