So we finally did it! We ditched the TV and all of the electronics. Yeah I know, its nuts right? Who will babysit my kids now? What will I do at night while eating a pint, I mean a completely responsible, portioned controlled bowl of ice cream? Now my kids will not only be the unsocialized, homeschooled weirdos but they will also be "those" people without a TV?! Well, we did it anyway. I got tired of the noise. SO.MUCH.NOISE. The truth is they rarely watched it anyway, but for some reason it was always on, From the time we woke up until the time we went to bed, it was there.
I've been on a journey of minimalizing our home, our life, and all the clutter and I realized one day that the TV was just that. CLUTTER. Not the kind of clutter that takes up space or doesn't have a home, but head clutter. It was cluttering our minds, our hearts, and more importantly, our time. Valuable time together as a family being lost in the world of TV and electronic gadgets. So I talked to the big tall hubby and told him my thoughts and he agreed. I know, he's amazing! We agreed that Sunday night would be our final night and before we went to bed we would pack it all up and hide it away for the summer. We warned the kiddos so there wouldn't be any meltdowns come Monday morning, or anyone thinking that someone broke into the house overnight and stole our valuables. Surprisingly everyone took it very well. Now that could be because I have threatened this kind of thing many times in the past, yet never followed through but, either way they accepted it. So, that's exactly what we did. We binged watched Amazing Race on Netflix till almost 1 am and then we hauled our TV to the basement, covered it with an old rug and packed up all our other devices, chargers and any other paraphernalia and hid it away. And guess what guys? NOBODY DIED!
I've read that in order to get rid of a bad habit you must replace it with a good one. So, that's what we did. We woke up Monday morning, ate breakfast, got dressed and loaded up for a walk. We walked 2 miles down our country dirt roads and we talked and we laughed and we really enjoyed each others company. My kids talked to me about their dreams and their plans; we stopped to see the local cows and horses along the way and nobody said a word about the TV. Nobody missed it at all. In fact we have walked each day since and now we even load up and go to a local park. Sometimes we run, or bring our bikes, or play at the park after our walk. Life is good. Each morning they get up and instead of immediately turning on the TV or fighting over who gets to watch what, they ask me when were leaving. They cant wait to go on our walk together and that makes me one happy mama. During the day they have been playing with their toys, building things with Legos and Lincoln Logs, being creative and actually being kids. At night we have been playing board games, having drawing competitions, and reading books. Even the big tall hubby is reading at night and in almost 17 years of marriage I have never seen him read a book to relax. I don't think there is anything wrong with TV and I am sure at some point we will bring it back on a limited basis, but I gotta say, I really don't miss it. The time that we have gained back as a family has been so worth it. Hearing my kids tell their friends and family that they don't miss it because now they get to do all kinds of fun stuff with their parents makes me know that we did the right thing for us. So, I encourage you if you have been a little too wrapped up in TV or gadgets to take a breather. You don't have to pack it all away or swear it off for the whole summer like us, but maybe take a week and give it a try. You just might find that you don't really enjoy all that clutter either.
Kym is a homeschooling Mama, who has a passion for frugal living, enjoys meal planning on a budget, organization, event planning and home decor. She lives on a small homestead in southeast Michigan with her husband Mike and their 7 children.