Life Without Cable
Eventually we settled down bought a big flat screen TV and ordered the whole kitten caboodle cable package. Not only could Dr. J watch all the football games but he could see every bead of sweat roll down the players faces. I could record any program I wanted and watch it anytime I wanted. I could use the DVR as a personal library for the kids programs.
So why did we get rid of it? Well it started to stress me out. Our DVR was so damn full that I would say to the kids: You NEED to watch your shows or we can’t record anymore!’ ‘We NEED to watch this documentary because it is taking up three hours’. How ridiculous it sounded when I finally realized that watching TV was now part of our to do list!!!
So we canceled it all.
We bought an antenna box at Big Lots and made a weekly 'official' movie night. The monkeys love having movie night- We discuss what we’re going to get and make themes out of it- (for example we are on a Tim Burton theme at present). They occasionally watch documentaries weekdays after they have finished their homework and we still borrow TV shows that they like from the library to watch on the weekend.
Dr. J and I love getting TV series from the library or watching shows on Hulu. Some of our more recent TV shows that we’ve watched are Weeds, Arrested Development and Modern Family. We use the Red Box often and we love to watch films on Top Documentaries and Hulu.
The shift has been tremendous for us. We went from needing to watch TV to occasionally watching a program to wind-down. Dr.J and I never watch TV before the monkeys are in bed and I love setting this example to our children. All four of us read more and it is not uncommon for the four of us to be sitting in the family room (where our TV is) together listening to music, reading, doing puzzles or playing.
Top Documentary Films
What are your TV viewing habits? What shows to you love to watch?