Waldorf In The Home

Monday, April 19, 2010

Corner Of My Home - Living Room


I grew up watching TV - it was a major part of my life. Re-runs of Bewitched, Dr. Wellby, Lavern and Shirley and Eight Is Enough brings warm and  fuzzy flashbacks of my childhood. I remember when my family finally bought cable, I was in the 5th grade and I was thrilled. I watched ET over and over again - it was an exciting time and soon we had a VCR, remote controls and Intelevision (although I wish we had Atari ). TV was God. When I entered the 7th grade I did a great imitation of Madonna - thanks to MTV. The greatest movie of all time was Fast Times at Ridgemont High...ok so maybe back then it was. TV is influential and no doubt  I was influenced. It was always on in our home growing up. That was the norm in our family - seemed like the norm for all American families. I never questioned it and why would I - I enjoyed it -  I loved it.


But now that I am a Mama I do question it - so I took the first step and disconnected our cable. Not as a punishment or for a drastic statement but because it is a waste of our money. I stopped watching TV a little less than a year ago - from time to time I would watch House Hunters or a Nature program on PBS. Before that I was addicted to reality shows or sensationalized journalism. I loved "The Hills" - blushing as I admit that. I never set out to stop watching TV - it just happened that way. But I noticed that I started to feel more connected with real life - more interested in our life without TV. I read  more books and learned about the ideas of Waldorf families. There was no looking back after those books.  I slowly withdrew Ella from the TV. The girls watch Caillou and Little Bear once a day - which does not warrant $80.00 a month. Although this  feels like a big change for our family - it really isn't. We have just turned in our "security blanket" for something much better - our imagination  free from TV pollution. I can't wait to see what unfolds without the convenience of cable. 


My hope is to change this corner of my home and put the TV in a cupboard - so we only would have to see the TV when we are watching it. Now it just seems to be sitting on an alter wanting to be worshipped. I have adorned the TV with do-dads to distract the little ones while they watch their two short shows -  a tray of fun nature finds, a basket of yarn balls, my lyre and a balance beam. You wont catch me saying "Sit down and watch your show!"

My simple truth is - I think if I got completely rid of the TV - I 'd be like a fish without water. I like TV - I like that my girls enjoy some TV - but what I really like is that my family is not influenced by TV.


Namaste!

14 comments:

  1. I love your corner today. Congratulations on cutting the cable, I am working on it. DH still likes to watch it but not very often.

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  2. Good on you. We used to never turn the TV on until after Holly was in bed at night but since Isla's birth it has crept more and more into our days.

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  3. matchbooksGood on you! I have never been a tv addict, i watch certain programmes and that's it...off it goes. I've always called it god in the corner as we-people arrange our living area around it. We have freeview and that's what i have. Here we have to pay for a tv licence, £136 a yr, not sure what that is in $ now.Tv is not as good as it once was, reality tv does my head in! Laverne and shirly....loved it.

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  4. We have our TV in a cabinet so that it's not in our face all the time. Our biggest TV-watching times are when M is really sick. Even then we limit what she watches. At six, a lot of her friends are watching things that I think are inappropriate for her age (or any age for that matter!) - iCarly, Spongebob, etc.

    Us 70s kids sure did love our TV, didn't we? ;)

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  5. Thanks Imene - I feel a bit lighter from the experience.

    SS - Ella also watched a lot of TV when Vivian arrived and I was thankful for it at the time.

    Chris - you are so right on about the god corner!!!

    Lisa - those shows are so inappropriate! Ella who has never watch them still know who they are! Isn't it amazing how marketing works!

    Thanks for your comments and support.

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  6. Good on you! Don't you find you get so much more done with the TV off! (although I probably spend my TV time on the internet now!!)

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  7. Yes - the internet does take a chunk of my time - but for the most part it is commercial free!!

    Musically yours Clare!
    Nicole

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  8. I love what you say about the TV sitting on an altar...

    We have TV-free weekdays around here, and limited TV on weekends. For a long while I was hardly watching any...then we got a DVR. I'm thinking I need to go back to using it only to record my two or three shows that I like to watch each week instead of the hours of Food network programming I've currently scheduled!

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  9. Ugh, I can't stand TV. I have never liked it and I swore that my kids would watch no TV, but alas Griffin does, Mama can't control everything. He got really attached to it when we were at the hospital during his heart surgery. I limit it mostly to baby signing time, which is a children's sign language video. Here is an idea, I saw another mom do this and I have yet to, but I am going to. Sew either a cloth fitted sheet type thing with elastic to go around the TV, or a cloth drape to drape over it, so when you are not using it you can cover it up. I loved the idea!

    And I love the things you have put around it. So much more calming and inspiring than a TV :)

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  10. My daughter only watches one or two age appropriate short programs a day also and we often have TV free days, I just make sure that we have some fun alternative at the time she would usually watch her program. I watch very little TV myself now, it is just not on as we are busy doing other things and I don't want my daughter exposed to so much commercialism. My husband misses it the most, it has taken him quite a bit of effort to not have it on, especially at weekends.

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  11. I am attempting to talk my "raised in a very tv heavy household" husband into dropping our cable, as well...how'd you do it?

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  12. A quick follow up - some days have been rough without cable - like when we are all sick - but other than that - we all have been better for it. Can't watch TV and blog! Hehe.

    The cost reduction was a huge inspiration to my husband - add it up yearly and it is a nice getaway!

    Namaste.

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  13. I grew up without TV or movies, and would like to do the same for my kids, but I have to admit it really comes in handy when you're trying to get supper on, and you've got kids around your ankles. Then it's, What's on TV?!

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  14. I reread my post - and TV on while cooking dinner is awesome. Perhaps I should have mentioned the importance TV monitoring. Just the other day at Ikea they were showing Sponge Bob in the Playroom -I made a big stink - more about that in another post perhaps.

    TV has its place, no doubt.

    Thanks for commenting.
    Nicole

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Your comments kindle my spirit.

Namaste!