The following is by contributor Jaimie of Two Chicks and a Hen.
When Kara suggested I write about our experience as a TV-free household, I was hesitant. TV time for kids is one of those hot-button issues that can divide mothers or, at the very least, induce guilt in all of us–those with and without TVs. But I”m not here to tell you that you should throw out your TV. I”m not even here to tell you why we don”t have one; you”ve heard all the reasons before and, like me, you”ve made the choice you feel is best for your family.
Five Lessons from a TV-Free Household
1. I”ve found that it”s easier to have my children watch no TV at all than it is is to allow TV sometimes. I know the conventional wisdom says “everything in moderation,” and that some people have success limiting TV to 1/2 hour a day, or only on the weekends, or some other system. I tried something similar and found it very challenging. For the first few years of their lives, I didn”t show my children anything on screens, ever.
Then, from late winter of 2011 to late winter of 2012, I allowed my children one half-hour show per week, usually an episode of Little Bear or something similar on Netflix. While my girls certainly enjoyed this 1/2 hour, I did not find it to be worth the struggles that ensued. The begging I endured for “just one more show, for special!” and the complaints of “but we didn”t watch a show today!” (even though a show was only allowed once a week) were too much for me.