ahhh... the fun begins! Are you ready?
I challenge YOU to give up TV for an entire month.
Okay now that half of you have left here's the real deal... I'll start by telling you our TV story. We haven't had cable but we did have 3 tv's (one in the kitchen, one in the front room & one is the toy room). We let the boys watch movies without many boundaries. This wasn't really a problem when they were younger. They didn't ask much and we didn't offer much. However the older they got and when they started getting into video games it became a completely different situation. What was once easy, simple and under control became a hard complicated mess. The boys would beg to watch or play and I would let them most of the time. But they just kept begging more and more and more and then it hit me..... TV MADE THEM BAD. It made them angry, annoyed, rude, it basically turned their brains to mush. Now in reality they spent about 2 hours in front of the tv a day. But they wanted it more... they were addicted and it was controlling parts of their day. I was continually walking into the room and finding another movie on because they could do it by themselves. Something had to happen. So..... we took 2 of the TV's away to be donated. We unplugged the one remaining TV and put all of the movies up HIGH, very HIGH. The first two weeks the boys were very bummed, they whined a little, begged, moped around. But then like a light switch they just stopped and they started playing together like they used to. Creating games and crafts and forts and everything in between. And they were HAPPY, they were NICE, they were EXCITED to play.
It's been about 6 months since we gave up TV and we do watch the occasional family movie (3-4 times) and we've had a few video game nights with dad but other than that the TV cabinet stays shut and the TV unplugged. Because this has been such a POSITIVE experience for our family and because it goes against the grain of society I thought I would share it with you all and hopefully encourage you to make this positive decision for your family as well.
SO I CHALLENGE YOU to give up TV for 28 days... I even picked the shortest month. I don't have anything to bribe you with or reward you with but I do have a promise... a promise that it will positively effect your life.
Here's what you do...
. first you sign up with mister linkey below
. then you post about the challenge on your blog and link back to here... you can copy the image above
. then you copy the html on the sidebar below the TV logo and put it on your sidebar.
If only 2 of you sign up... I'm fine... because if I can positively impact anyone I will have achieved my goal. But I would love to see all of you try... just try... please!!!