Do you ever look at other people and wonder how they are so successful? Do you ever feel like you’re not doing all that you could with your life?
I have an all or nothing personality. In all aspects of my life. Once I decide I’m going to do something, I jump head first, and do it. In January of this year, I’d been feeling really frustrated that Cory and I weren’t living up to our potential. I was pondering what was preventing us from doing and being what I feel we are capable to become.
It hit me, it was our TV.
I approached Cory, my husband, about my idea of getting rid of our TV. His reply was, “Okay let’s do it! I’m really excited for the change it’s going to have in our home.” He couldn’t have said better words leading to what would happen for our family and our home.
Cory and I are both very traditional people. Families are really important, they mean everything to us. We believe they are the basis of society. We have a desire to go back to our roots. We devote as much time as we can into and with our children. We felt that having a TV was personally preventing us from making the most with our time as a family.
Our dreams for our family:
- To teach our children about Jesus Christ.
- To teach our children to love to work.
- To enjoy time with our children while they grow up.
- To have a happy household.
We have been without a TV for nine months, and we don’t miss it one bit. How has not having the TV helped us on our way to accomplish our dreams? I’ll admit, I was a bit apprehensive if it would really make that big of a difference, and if it would be worth not having one of our sole sources of entertainment.
It has had a massive impact in our home.
Our children ran with not having a TV. They started playing with their toys, doing puzzles, reading books for hours by themselves! There wasn’t the stress or temptation to have to be constantly entertained. They were able to entertain themselves. This was an unexpected change for me. I truly believe trying to go back to our roots, would do wonders for our society. I think we would be happier, and not have as much depression and anxiety. It’s hard to constantly be comparing ourselves to other people in their best, and even edited versions. It’s hard on our self-esteems to sit and binge watch Netflix for hours a day. It’s hard to look around and realize all you accomplished was 5 hours of your favorite TV series. You get the point, I’m done with that rant….;)
Taking away our TV has allowed for more open, raw conversations with our children. I feel like it has motivated me to want to keep a cleaner, more organized home. Which in turn has been an example to our children of the value of having a clean house, and the sense of responsibility of things under our ownership. Another positive aspect was, we no longer needed to have all of our furniture in our family room facing the TV. That always drove me crazy. Like the TV was the all-star in the room, we couldn’t function without it.
It’s allowed us to have more time together as a family. When Cory gets home from work, we are no longer tempted to watch an episode of a show or a movie to unwind from the day. We get out as a family, and accomplish a project we are working on, or go outside and play as a family. Another surprise benefit has been that we get our children to bed at a more reasonable time. In turn, this helps them to be happier and feel more rested the next day. It also allows for Cory and I to have some time together in the evenings before we go to bed ourselves. Which has become time that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
I realize that this change may not be for everyone. Honestly if you would have even told me a year ago that we would have gotten rid of our TV, I would have said no way. Why would we do that? That is just crazy! That’s what weird people, who are behind the times, do. My intent for this post isn’t to make you feel guilty. It is to maybe open your eyes to a possibility for your family. I know it has been 100% worth it for our family to make this change. I don’t see our family going back. We have been given too many priceless gifts to want to go back. “The Latchstring hangs from the outside.”
What are some of your favorite TV-less activities?