I would love to remove the TV from our home. I don't like the way it sucks my family in and turns them into rude zombies. I don't want to spend valuable family time arguing over how much, when, what...
Don't get me wrong. There are things I like to watch too and I'm a sucker for Friends or My Family and a few others but I could switch off completely and not feel like I was missing anything.
Lauren spoke here about her family and self regulation, or lack thereof and it really resonated with me. In our home I am the chocoholic who CAN NOT self regulate no matter how much I try, or how sick it makes me feel and obviously Mr HMH and The Munchkin struggle with screen time. The concept of self regulation made so much sense, and somehow demystifies our issues for me and makes them seem more manageable.
The plasma will not leave, I know that, so all I can do is set rules around it's consumption and monitor content. It's may not be approved of by the radical unschooling movement, but like Lauren and her family we pave our own path. After all, one of the main reasons we unschool is so we can do what best works for us, not what others say is best for us.
Anyway, I had some gorgeous lino print fabric left that my brother brought me back from the aboriginal community in Maningrida he worked in for awhile, and I thought "slip cover!" So from now on when the TV isn't on, it looks a little bit more like art, and hopefully it will be a mental block against turning it on...
we'll see if my theory works, but at least it looks nice haha.
Does the TV impact your life, are you TV free?