If you’re very observant, you might have noticed something missing from my front room.
Now you see it…
Now you don’t!
Yep, the TV is gone! Colin bought it a year ago on special offer, apparently it was cheaper than the smaller ones. I hated it as soon as I saw how big it was and nicknamed it “the monstrosity”. We haven’t had a TV licence for nearly four years, so we only ever watched DVDs or played Xbox games on it.
For his second Christmas, a friend gave Aaron his first ever DVD. Soon we were fed up of hearing the same DVD over and over, so we bought him some more. And then he got given even more. Soon he had a little collection of DVDs that he could put on all by himself. And that was the problem. Because he could turn it on by himself, it made limiting his TV time much more difficult. He even used to sneak out of bed in the evenings after we had gone upstairs to put a DVD on.
We started unplugging the TV at the wall socket which worked well for a while, until he figured out how to hop over the back of the armchair to plug it back in. At that point we decided that we had to come up with some firm rules about TV usage. None during the day and one DVD after dinner in the evening. As it turned out we never had to implement that rule, because Aaron got rather carried away whilst playing and broke the screen with a wooden block.
We’ve decided not to replace it. It is covered by our insurance, but we can’t afford the excess anyway. But apart from the practicalities, we are actually glad to see it gone! We’ve had over a month without it and we haven’t missed it at all.
Aaron was upset at first but he now spends much more time playing with open-ended toys like duplo, cars and the play kitchen. His imaginative play is really developing. He does have a Leapster Explorer which has a few educational games, videos and flashcards on it. When he was ill recently I let him watch Fireman Sam on Youtube from my computer and we can also use the computers to play DVDs if we ever want to, so we’re not really missing out on much. For us, getting rid of the TV completely has been fantastic for the whole family.