Goodbye TV, Hello Brave New World

Goodbye TV, Hello Brave New World

Once upon a time, Robbie didn’t really care much for TV. Then he started to care and, seemingly overnight, he started caring way too much. Getting him to clean up his toys? A fight. Getting him to leave the house with us? A fight. Getting him to stop watching that irritating cartoon already? A fight. Getting the remote back so we could watch something not animated? Armageddon.

We tried limiting television of course. You guessed it. A fight.

Finally one day we had enough and we put a total ban on TV.

And, quite shockingly, there was no fight.

All that fighting and then when we just pulled the plug totally, he remembered he had toys. And friends. And books. And crayons.

The timing was eerie. About a week later he was accepted to a charter school that, among other things, requests a “screen free” school week at home.

We’ve made it through five weeks TV free (he got weekends back when school started) and he’s only asked to watch tv twice during the week. I’m still in shock.

But even better, he has more time for moments like these:


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    September 16th, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Wow, I´m impressed! But, does ´screen free´ also mean no computers, ipad´s, etc? I think we could fight the battle of the TV if we had to, but to tell Kev he has to give up his allotted 20 minutes of computer time 2 or 3 nights during the week might be a bridge too far in our house 🙂

    I am filled with admiration, and only a teeny…well, tiny…oh, ok…a fair amount…of jealousy!

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    September 16th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    They want screen free to mean no video games but Robbie doesn’t really have “video games” in that sense. He has no game console – only a limited selections of computer and ipad games. He still has access to the family computer which has educational games on it and limited browser access to things like He also has ipad access to more phonics apps as well as more fun strategy stuff like rag doll blaster and cut the rope. He gets an hour per day of total screen time with stuff like that. We inititally thought about trying the total screen time ban but decided it was too good a reward/incentive to remove from the table.

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    Fruit Fly
    September 16th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Wow! But you know, TV doesn’t seem as cool as it was when we were kids, so maybe that helped to make it an easy transition!


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