We were blessed this year to be able to send all of the girls to summer camp during the same week. And when they got back, they didn’t even notice the big difference on “dad’s” side of the basement.
For one week they went without it, and for one week we as parent’s didn’t use it as a distraction. So we decided we didn’t need it.
We decided as a couple to get rid of the biggest distraction in our house, for us and the kids. The TV.
So we hid it in the back room. Unplugged the Wii U, unplugged the DVD Player, Turned off Netflix and the Apple TV, and now nights (and days) are much more meaningful for us as a family.
I have played Risk, Legos, Swam, and even found a free basketball hoop for the girls and me to use, all because I am able to be present, and not use the TV as a babysitter.
Society Has Us Pegged
We parents are growing more and more lazy. We use devices such as our iPhone, our iPads and even our televisions as baby sitters. We allow our kids to become lazier, and lacking in both intelligence and imagination by plopping them down in front of the crap on TV.
The television was being used incorrectly to push our kids away from us (what they need most these days) and allowing them to be parented by the crap that society wants them to see and learn.
That was/is not okay with us!
Our kids are at school most of their waking time, and allowing them to spend even more time away from us, in front of a device or the TV, was bad parenting.
You May Think We Are Weird
And to that, we don’t care what you think!
We are not pointing fingers, we are not blaming other parents, we understand where you are or have been!
We made a decision that we felt was best for our family. For our girls, they were in front of the TV way too much. They began quoting movies and acting out scenes from shows they were watching.
By taking away the distraction of television, they have slowly (even two weeks later) turned into young ladies who are learning to converse with us and their sisters.
It’s a wonderful thing to see.
Now Our Imaginations Are Free
Now we are free to share more, to live more and to live as the Lord would want us to. Outside, in community, sharing with one another things that truly matter to us all.
It’s something that we have seen the fruit of already.
Let your kid’s (and your) imagination run wild!
Also published on Medium.