[photo by Pablo Gonzalez Vargas via morgfile.org]
We sold our TV a while back. It was monster of a thing that we bought during our dot.com days. Once gone, an astounding amount of space was cleared in our livingroom. Space aside, I have to say that we’ve reaped many benefits from getting it out of the house.
- The kids are reading more. We stop at the public library once every week or so and stock up on HUGE piles of books that they actually read (!).
- They’ve started making their own shows with the digi-cam they got for xmas (thanks Grandma & Grandad!). They script, edit, rehearse, and film their own shows. Complete with commercials, which brings me to…
- They don’t see commercials anymore! Yay! When they make their shows, the things always include commercials for this or that (“This is the best cleaning solution ever! Visit us at www dot Blah Blah dot com!!!” and actually mention brand names and stores — yech.)
- We’ve taken to watching family movies together. Everyone piles into Mom & Dad’s bed to screen a movie on the computer monitor, while the baby climbs all over the place and sneaks over to the keyboard to pause the film at all the critical points (he’s a very smart, and cheeky little boy)
- When the kids have friends over for playdates, they actually play.
Honestly, the only drawback to not having the boob tube any more is that I don’t get to watch Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert after the kidlets have gone night-night. I do miss those two, they were my daily visit back home to NYC.