Limiting Our TV Time

By: Brady Evans

We are in the middle of moving. We were living on a small hobby horse farm and we gave it up in favor of subdivision life – where kids are riding bikes instead of horses, lemonade stands are summer activities rather than mending fences, and spare time is spent chatting tvwith the neighbors rather than mucking the barn. We are giving up a lot that we’ll miss but we are also gaining a lot that we’re looking forward to.

In the move, we were without television for about two weeks. Just tonight it was reconnected. And I’m a little bit sad. I loved the two weeks of silence. I loved that the impulse of turning on the TV after work to check the news was gone. Having no interference in conversations was nice.

TV has an importance place in our life, for sure. I learn so much from television. I use it for entertainment on Sunday nights (The Walking Dead!).  It helps me stay connected to local and national events. If you aren’t careful, though, it can become an additional “family member.” Always interjecting – interrupting conversations – participating at the dinner table.

So now that the TV is back, what can we do to make sure it doesn’t regain the place it formerly had in our family?

  • Set an egg timer or timer on our phones to limit the amount of TV
  • Put the remote in an out-of-the-way location
  • Turn it off while doing other activities instead of having it as background noise
  • Don’t channel surf – if something we are interested in is on, watch it.  If nothing we’re interested is on, then lose it.

Now that we don’t have the farm – the chores, the to-do list, the hobby – we may fall into unhealthy media habits. Even though we’re in a neighborhood now we can still definitely get out and be just as active with a little special attention.