June 25, 2012

The no-TV truth.

So we put our cable on vacation hold for the summer, no-TV! This will be good. And the kids were bored so I thought good thing I've been saving up not letting them go in the unfinished side of the basement because it's too dangerous and messy. Today's the day. Free admittance! That should keep them busy for a long time. I just hope they don't get hurt. Or lost.

And then when that got old I let them go crazy with the junk drawer in the kitchen. Have at it! I said. They found all the batteries and Ivy played with a lint roller, like, all day and they discovered a stash of Culver's Scoopie coupons for free kids meals so we went there for lunch.

Right after we stopped at the library to stock up on DVDs.


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19 comments:

  1. No doubt. the screens are for US more than for them.

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  2. LOL - when we got rid of TV we still kept Netflix streaming on the computer because...duh. xo

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  3. It is fantastic how much more creatively we can fill our free time, yes? Sometimes I miss not having a TV...that was a wonderful year and a half.

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  4. I love how you keep it real. This is hilarious.

    Today, I'm dumping the junk drawer in the middle of the floor... :)

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  5. beautiful. we have this tote of toys that is essentially a toy junk drawer. last night i dumped it out in the middle of my son's room and walked out, their eyes wide and mouths hanging open just a bit. oh, the "new" toys they discovered :) they even cleaned it up before bed.

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  6. We never went a whole summer, but a week at a time was good for us. It makes a world of difference.

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  7. That's a brilliant plan! And you got free lunches out of the deal. Sounds like a perfect writing day to me. :)
    Catherine Denton

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  8. We just got cable after canceling our satellite about 6 months ago - so we went several months without it. It was actually nice not having SpongeBob in the background most of the time. :) We didn't go cold turkey - but it was cool how they discovered how much they liked public television during that time and would watch documentaries and LOVED them! :) I do love doing no TV time, though. We have a big craft box we pull out that occupies them for hours, or a big box of Lincoln Logs that they'll build all day or they'll sit and do play dough for a long time. Sometime this summer I want to do some homemade play dough. My mom did that all the time for us during the summer! Sounds like you're having a wonderful time without TV! Oh, one more idea for ya -- BOXES!!! If you shop at Aldi, you can grab quite a few and they can make little houses. My boys get really creative and make garages and towers. One built a whole city of skyscrapers with empty paper towel tubes and tooth past boxes on time. :) Great for the imagination!

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  9. Ha! We have a basement like that. It has crossed my mind that when we finish it and it's all organized (that's stretching), how quickly they will become bored.

    We don't have cable. It's wonderful. But you should see me when I check in to a hotel room. Hello Food Network! Hello HGTV! It would be a mess if I had that at home, daily. ;)

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  10. I live by the DVR, it's like I can't function if the TV is just on, I just stare and time passes. DVDs and recording favorite shows some how make it all better, like there's more thought into each program and time well spent. We just dropped to the $10/month plan, and it seems like we've made up the difference in Netflix on-demand stuff.

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  11. Oh my goodness....did you find a pudding cup lid in that junk drawer? I love your words. They lighten my heart:)

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  12. i love how you admit to the dvds:) the library is our friend, too.

    we have "below basic" cable--basically channels 2-15, so just network stuff, pbskids. i tried to cancel it, too, in january, and when they said i could have it for $11/month, i said SOLD!

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  13. We canceled cable 7+ years ago so my kids have never known what's it's like to have more than PBS available. When you've got free library DVDs or Netflix, you'll never know the difference.

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  14. we got rid of cable 11 years ago. LOVE IT! we do get dvd's from the library though

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  15. Nice! We have never had cable in 8 years of marriage and I wouldn't have it any other way. I feel like sometimes I'm out of the loop as far as what is going on in pop culture, and I'm totally okay with that! We do have rabbit ears so we get 3 channels and can watch the news. Other than that, nada. And yes, the library for DVDs.. how fantastic is that!! We've probably checked out every Veggie Tales video from the kid's section :) Hope it goes well for you this summer!

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  16. I didn't know you could put it on vacation. Glad they didn't get hurt going in the unfinished part or run into any bees.

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  17. Your last line was perfect.

    We don't own a TV, but we still get DVDs at the library and the girls watch them on one of our laptops in the afternoons when the weather is too hot.

    What DVDs do you recommend? Have you seen anything good recently?

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  18. i wish i had a basement to dig through. (well, sort of. i'm such a california girl that basements kind of freak me out.) and your last line is perfect. so perfectly written.

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