One year I realized our family was spending too much time watching TV. Both of my daughters were active in sports, church, and school activities. I knew we all needed time to relax and refuel, but I didn’t want them to plop in front of a box when they had spare time. I didn’t want television to become a habit that just filled time.
So, one September, I declared it would be “No TV Month”! This included movies- vhs at the time. When I announced the plan one night at dinner, it was received with groans and glares, but I wasn’t deterred. After all, I was practicing raising 2 teenagers soon! And, I kept reminding myself that it would be good for “them”. My two daughters quickly adjusted. They rode their bikes, read, and played more with their American Girl dolls and friends. We began playing board games instead of watching the Friday night lineup! But I was home all day alone-our office was in the living room. I hadn’t noticed how I turned on the TV after everyone left for the day and had background noise on constantly!
This month of no TV forced me to look at my habits and make adjustments. Just as my daughters found other ways to spend their spare time, I found that working in silence or with soft music playing was actually more productive- I wasn’t distracted by talk shows!
In today’s world, there are new distractions to add to the list such as facebook, email, and text messaging. We sometimes allow these technology advances to keep us from interacting with others and participating in hobbies and activities that we enjoy! I’m not suggesting you give up your cell phone, laptop, and/or TV, but you may want to stop and evaluate how much time you and your family spend on these devices. Maybe you need a “No Technology” day, week, or month.
Our family had “No TV Month” a few more Septembers. It helped us all get back into the swing of school after the less demanding days of summer. It forced and allowed each of us the time to explore new hobbies and ways to spend our spare time. If you do consider taking the “No Technology Challenge”, let me know how it goes… I think you will be pleasantly surprised!