TV situation. Up until the whole digital switch, we just had a regular ol' TV (a big tube one) with an antenna, and the kids watched PBS during the day. It was actually pretty nice because they didn't get all demanding. Then we went big-time and got a flat screen and DirecTV when everything switched to digital a few years ago. We scaled the number of channels down, but we had a ton of kids' shows on the DVR. Enter the demands...
Despite our attempts at limiting the kids' TV watching with various charts and cards and rewards and whatnots, it was making us uncomfortable with how much TV they were getting away with watching. Plus, we were wanting to spend less money on such a pointless activity that didn't match up with our values anyway. So we decided to switch things up once again.
We did away with DirecTV and decided on a Netflix and HuluPlus subscription. Now, unless you buy movies and shows ala carte, there is a very limited selection. For many people this is a major problem, but for us it was brilliant!!! We don't want to watch much TV. We want TV to serve us, not us to serve the TV!
So now the kids actually get pretty bored with TV since they end up watching the same things over and over and since they are only allowed to watch it when the baby is sleeping and at a low volume. Thus, they play a LOT more! I love hearing their huge imaginations blossoming and expanding as they play with their trains and toys and create their own stories. AND they are more well-behaved! It's really been amazing. I'm so happy with this switch.
So that's where we're at with TV. How do you tame the TV beast in your house?
***********************************************Oh, and you probably didn't notice, but I TOTALLY forgot to do my Thursday photography challenge yesterday! The topic was "Dinner", and I made the most awesome carrot pancakes last night, but we ate them all! So now I just have to make them again so that I can share them with you. They are, in a word, awesome, and you just have to make them, too!
Have fun this weekend! School starts on Monday for our little kindergartener, so we're going to take it easy this weekend. I hope you have a good one! :)