5 Reasons to Be a TV-Free Family

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We are a TV-free family. That means we don’t have a single TV in our home. For reals. It was a choice we made seven years ago. It is one of the best decisions my husband and I made for our family. Was it easy? No, but it has been so worth it. Monday begins Screen-Free Week, and we invite you to become a TV-free family.

1- Save money! Since we said adios to cable, we have saved over $5500 these past seven years (and that is a very conservative estimate). And that isn’t even factoring in all the gear you need to watch TV: an actual television, speakers, DVD player, DVR, a TV stand, etc.

2- Get creative. Trade in your screen time for crafts, books, board games, puzzles and cooking. I will admit– not having a TV on for kids takes more involvement for parents. But that is really a good thing! My husband made this cardboard TV with the kids last week. My 4-year old painted it and then his friends came over and they drew pictures of “pretend TV shows” and seriously watched it.

3- Rethink home design. With no TV to arrange your couch around, the possibilities of interior design are endless. Stage it like a game room, or make it a library setting. It’s really a lot of fun!

4- Enjoy a peaceful home. With no background noise, the home feels so much more peaceful. There are less distractions, which makes it easier for me to be in the moment with my family.

5- No commercials. Our children rarely see a commercial and this has dramatically helped our shopping trips to Target. Our 4-year old would honestly prefer shopping at Lowes and buying rope, nails and tape, than a toy at Target.

Have You Considered Being TV Free Family?

Why not join the world in Screen-Free week, April 30 – May 6, 2012, and see what type of memories you and your family can build without TV and screen time on computers and mobile devices. You can check out Commercial Free Childhood for some great resources.

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