Life Without TV?

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Life without television. Can you do it? Our family is. Well, almost. For the last month, we have been a family without cable. We do have a DVD player and free rentals from our local library.

Why?

I've written a few blogs about the impact of television on infant and toddler development:

www.everydayfamily.com/blog/the-boob-tube/

www.everydayfamily.com/blog/turn-off-the-tv/

With summertime here, it seemed the perfect time to say good-bye to cable (and hello to a savings of $960/year…how about that to help with some of those expenses related to the munchkin!). I've never been much of a TV fan (the hubby often referred to any TV watching in our household as “Jeannie's naptime”). Then, when the munchkin came along, I only grew to dislike it more. Some friends and family think we are a bit crazy. And, yes, it did take a little pursuading to get the hubby onboard.  He became convinced by my passion on the subject and also when I ran the numbers – sometimes, money does talk.

My dislike of cable TV isn't just about the shows, but also the commercials. There is too much junk on TV that is trying to influence my kid's growing brain. There are enough signs around town and in every store telling her and I what we should buy, eat and will enjoy. She will catch on soon enough.

For now, I like the idea of limiting the exposure to such media sources. Saying goodbye to cable TV was an easy way to make a positive change in our household and in her development.

Concerned about the marketing messages the boob tube will feed your child? If so, you can learn more and join others who lobby to ensure that commercials and other marketing materials are in the best interest of all children. Learn more about the “Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood:” www.commercialexploitation.org/aboutus.htm.

Can you do it? If you've been tuning in, summertime is a great time to turn it off.

Come on…let's go back outside and play.

 

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Life Without TV?

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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