I’m sorry… what’s that? A TV Challenge? I slightly remember agreeing to do it. Something about limiting TV time, not using it to get dinner ready or check email or pee in peace.
But this week has been a breeze – if by breeze I mean that parenting is still an up and down roller coaster but I did not long for the safety rope often released by TV. I got sleep. I’m still tired, and I am slowly learning that I will always be tired as long as I am a mother – which is the rest of my life – because there will never be a dull moment and there is always a new kind of hard.
But I got sleep. And we went out. A “cold front” moved in so it was a “chilly” 90 degrees this week instead of 110! We played in the baby pool out back. We went to the park. We tried new and familiar activities, friends, adventures, toys, kitchen utensils. All of this helps to distract and wear out the 1 year old which allows for a bit of peace and quiet now and again.
I didn’t think about resorting to TV once! Yes, I had to bat him away from destroying my laptop as I checked Facebook and returned emails. Yes, he chased me around while I vacuumed. Yes, he still whined and wailed clinging to my shins as I prepared some meals. But I pushed on (and pushed him away – no, not really – ok, maybe a little bit, but gentle, loving pushing).
Dare I say… my husband and I actually have started the discussion of canceling our cable altogether? Oh yes. With Buggy not watching ANY TV, cable is not used for 21 out of 24 hours in the day. We pay $80/month for basic HD stuff (RIDICULOUS). And we can get most of our shows through various other (cheaper) providers.
Alex, I’m starting to think your challenge is like “going green” or “eating organic” – a healthy fad that catches on quick and only provides for the betterment of all our lives! Thanks for the challenge. I’m hoping it will forever make me conscientious of not just my child(ren)’s screen time, but of my own as well – because we aren’t stopping here. Oh no, we will continue to be hard core. Because that’s just who we are.