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I have always wondered how better life would be without a TV, but there are times, more so than not, that I have found TV to be my rescue to place the kids in front of it, while I actioned something that needed to happen.
Once my two year old started to watch TV, he then seemed glued and then as soon as I said time was up the tantrums would start. My oldest school-aged son was just bored without it. It became easier just to let them 'win' and do what I needed to get done.
Yet, I knew it was getting uncontrollable, so when I moved homes, the only way I thought would be managable was to have no TV and give no technology to the children. They are with me every second week, so I knew they would get technology at school and on their every other week not with me.
So once I moved in, this is what happened without a TV or ANY technology:It appeared my children forgot how to play or be kids. They would sit at the table a bit stumped on what to do.
Then the books started to come out. I found my two year old, sitting on the floor against the wall reading his own book and my oldest son at the table reading his own book.
After they read for some time, my oldest started to clean his room and help me out with some chores, while my youngest played around us.
The next day, they spent most of the morning playing lego together.
As the week progressed they asked for TV less.
The outcome of no TV for a week:
- They were completely different children.
- The tantrums were less.
- Their emotions seemed leveled.
- They were actually relaxing.
- They were finding what boredom was and how to think out of the box.
- They played more.
- They played together.
- They fought less.
I won't buy a TV for the house. I am too busy myself to watch it anyway. It saves me money in electricity and any extra's such as Fetch/Netflix/Foxtel etc. I also don't need to worry about then purchasing add-ons like a Playstation or DVD player, or even a sound system.
I know removing a TV is hard, but it's a much easier option if kids make it difficult for you when you want them to stop watching it.
I definitely let my children watch way too much TV when they had one. Sometimes, my oldest would watch it for a whole day and my youngest started to follow suit (not a whole day but 1-2 hours was just too much). Having no TV in the home is like not having any junk food in the home, if it's not there they can't use.
Without a TV, my children became kids. The got bored (yes!) and they found ways to curve their boredom.
Have you removed the TV from your household? Let me know in the comments below.
What you need to know:
Here is what you need to know. I moved homes and decided not to buy a TV. I did however have in my room, my computer, iPad and mobile, yet the children respected me to not use these either.