Or at least the kids will be for a while. I rarely watch it myself, and I really shouldn’t be letting them watch nearly as much tv as they do. But I’m lazy. And sometimes, well, most times, it’s easier to just let them turn on the tv so I can just get stuff done.
Or so I thought.
Last week, I had had enough of them not listening. We went to a store to pick up a birthday gift for my mom…you know, one of those stores that have tons of breakable things way down low just waiting to be knocked over. The entire time the were cutting up, jumping around, and talking like rabbids…or maybe it was minons…who can tell? All I know is both of them are insanely annoying. I mean seriously, who the heck gets paid to come up with this junk?? Anyway, I asked them to stop multiple times. They didn’t. So I punished them from tv and the kindle for 3 days. I was certain those would be three ridiculously miserable days…for me. Surprisingly, they weren’t.
They were actually…peaceful. I couldn’t believe it. They sat and colored…quietly. They read each other stories…without fighting. They played games…they fought a little…but they worked it out themselves. I couldn’t believe it. All this time, I’d been trying to get them to settle down by plopping them in front of the television…which come to think of it never worked. They’d always end up running around making me crazy anyway, but I still plopped them in front of the tv day after day expecting different results.
You know, they say that’s the definition of insanity…
Then, last night we were sitting down at dinner, and as usual, it’s a fight to keep the kids from acting like rabbids or minions or whatever, and they’re talking about butts and farting, and I’m like OH. MY. GOSH!!! I can’t take it anymore!!! So after supper, I talk to the hubs, and I say that I think we have to cut down the screen time. He loves tv about as much as they do, so I’m thinking I’m going to have a fight on my hands, but luckily, he hates the rabbids as much as I do and agrees it’s worth a shot. So here we are. The kids aren’t watching tv, and I was able to write an entire blog post with only one interruption. And that interruption didn’t involve me breaking up a fight or talking to a rabbid!
I don’t want to sound like the goal is to spend less time with my kids. That’s not it at all. The goal is to spend more time with my kids and less time with rabbids…or minions…or spongebob…or whatever idiot cartoon character they are pretending to be. I’m so sick of sitting down for family dinners or trying to hold a conversation or read stories to my kids only to have rabbids show up. How’s the saying go? Trash in, trash out. Well sad to say, that’s what I’ve been letting my kids watch…even more sadly, for my own convenience. So for now, the kids are on a tv fast…or at least a severely restricted diet. And I assure you, it’s not going to included rabbids invasion! Honestly, they don’t seem to mind.
Have you ever given up tv for a while or made your kids give it up? How’d it work out?