Set Free From TV

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We did something drastic. No, Papa did not get hair implants (yet). Although as 43 gets closer… No, we got rid of our television. Like, it is gone. Our only tv is now in the cellar covered by an old sheet. What? We did it!

You see we all had the flu last week. (Also see future blog post about germy January air travel with a 4-year-old). Of course we all had the flu vaccination so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been but it was a bit brutal. To keep Edie entertained through our fever fog and coughing conditions we went a little nuts with the screen time. Yeah, that is probably ok. She will still go to Harvard, I am sure. But, it was really time for a technology reset, anyway, and it got us to do a little evaluation and caused us to decide to make some changes.

When we first became parents we were super committed to raising a low tech daughter who could actually have conversation at the dinner table. We didn’t give Edie any screens at all until she was 2. Then, she broke her leg. And we needed her to sit still. A lot. So, we cracked and she discovered tv. And her taste for technology started to flourish.

We often found tv to be a slippery slope. Technology and screens are addictive. I guess that can be argued but it’d be a flimsy argument at best. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/screen-time-addiction/

As a parent who has struggled with my own addiction demons I know how liberating it can be to just get rid of the stuff, whether you are talking about Cabernet or Calilou. And that is what we did today. We set Edie and our family free from screens again. I will of course keep you posted, but today went swimmingly. We read more than we have in a long time. She didn’t have any tantrums at all and we played and listened to music and even completed a puzzle. It was a really good day. I am sure we will have our moments, but it feels like the right choice…again.

One of the things we are totally into again is our record player. Edie is getting into records as well. If you have vinyls and still listen to records you know the pleasure that can bring. It slows you down a bit. You get to experience the music a little differently, with cool album art included. Here is the record player we have: If you don’t have one you should definitely check it out! We can now add looking for unusual albums to Edie and Papa’s Thrift Shop Friday adventures.

We are always looking for ways to read more and now we have any more time. We are really into our new book subscription from Lillypost. I am a fan of subscriptions in general but this one is great. Any organization that gives books to those in need is alright by me and they are committed to representation and diversity. I feel like subscriptions can get you into some things you might not buy otherwise. Also a great tool for teachers trying to build their library.

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4 Comments

  1. Laura Flowers
    February 4, 2019 / 9:43 pm

    Nice job! Personally, I dream of a video-game-free existence for Davis. Maybe someday. We did get rid of cable TV 6 years ago and haven’t once been regretful.

    • brianfizer
      Author
      March 1, 2019 / 8:01 pm

      Do it!!!

  2. Ashley French
    February 21, 2019 / 9:55 am

    First time visitor to your blog. My dear old friend Franki Parsons recommended that I check it out. My husband and I adopted a biracial baby girl five years ago. We consider ourselves the luckiest people in the world – I’m sure you know the feeling. Edie is absolutely stunning and I can tell she has a terrific personality. I look forward to reading your blog and hopefully, you will have blazed a path for me and my husband. I look forward to reading the books you recommended. Simone is in Pre-K4yro. now and will start Kindergarten in fall. She is already learning to read sight words. I’d love to follow you on FB or other media as well if you have similar sites.

    • brianfizer
      Author
      February 25, 2019 / 8:17 pm

      Thanks so much for checking us out! And thanks to Franki for the rec. Please do follow along! I’d love to hear any feedback or suggestions you have for topics to cover!