Monday started off normal enough. The kids getting up far too early, heading downstairs to get breakfast of cereal and to let the dog out. They went downstairs ridiculously more awake than they should be and then alarm set in; the TV wouldn't turn on.
What's that? How could it be?
My TV devoted kids were at a loss. I tried to turn it on and still that familiar click and hum of power was absent. "Must be broken." I said after fumbling with the controls and checking to see if it was in fact still plugged in (which it was). I was ready to be met with high shreiking protests and tantrums but they merely shrugged it off and went on their way.
I did what I normally do when I don't want to stir the pot; I did nothing. I ignored their lack of response instead of jumping up and down dancing, surpressing expressing on the outside what my insides were doing.
I have a love/hate with Television. There are shows that have merit and educational DVD's that we own that are worthwhile, but overall I despise the innane, mind-numbing programming that my kids seem to be obsessed with. We have TV rules for what they can watch but sometimes the limits are what get me so aggrivated. I have four kids that all have opinions and favorites, they're also TV gluttons.
Which is really my fault. I know it. I own it. Over the course of years that included bedrest, new babies and single parenting, TV provided entertainment I couldn't. I just can't seem to make a working relationship with that damned box. It seems to be either all or nothing when it comes to the tube.
Tuesday was the same; TV free. I still couldn't figure out what was wrong with the set. Wednesday followed suit. Rob figured out what was wrong with the remote and he watched TV last night after the kids went to bed. "Just could you please, maybe, break it again when you're done?" I pleaded.
Today marks four days of the kids being completely TV free. It's amazing. But now I'm scared to turn it back on, now that I know how. I'm worried that one show, even if it's a thirty minute DVD is going to open the floodgates once again and have it's hooks back in my kids.
So, maybe we do a TV detox? A week or two completely free and then introduce a show here and there? Maybe longer? I'd love to hear other's experiences shutting down the tube and how (and if) you reintroduced it.