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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

I took away the TV and it changed everything!

Before you continue to read, know that I am by NO means saying that watching tv makes you a bad mom.



With that said, summer is here in full force! Ben is busy with his rotations and studying for his boards. Noah has his summer break from preschool, and I found myself almost panicking because I have been dreading the summer. I have been dreading not being able to go to the park whenever we wanted, and basically being stuck inside. When you're stuck inside for so long, it is very easy to let the kids watch a movie or a show so we all get a "break". I mean who doesn't love watching movies? In our home, with my kids it became a little too much. I've discussed with other moms about screen time and ours wasn't anything crazy. Yet for my kids, it made them a little crazy. 

I had been praying so much for help and guidance. How can I teach them better? How can I be more loving? What do I need to do to keep our home at peace? How can I be a better mom? All those questions, and you guys it has been HARD! Many prayers, many tears, feeling defeated and not feeling an answer to my prayers. I felt a couple times how I didn't deserve to be their mom because I wasn't doing a good job. I was feeling real low and stressed because I knew we needed to do something... I just didn't know what yet. 

My mood consisted of easily becoming irritated, no patience and no fun. It came to a point where the kids would wake up WAY early, and the first thing they would ask for was to watch a show. We'd say no or not right now then (insert mega tantrum). That is when it hit me, we needed a break from the tv. We needed to stop with the shows and the movies and just let them be creative. I needed to be more involved with them, play with them more, laugh with them more, create more memories and not let the tv be an option. I needed to be more present with them.

The first three days were the hardest, I had to say no a lot. I had to come up with different things to do that N & O would enjoy. But you guys, it has been the best change and decision we have ever made with our kids. It has been over 2 weeks now, and we treat them with a movie on Friday night. You should see their faces, they get SO excited and actually appreciate watching the movie. The kids wake up and they want to play with their toys, play with each other, help me make breakfast, and go play with their friends. I have seen such drastic change with their attention and mood. They get excited about simply coloring. Noah is so fun and his imagination is so exciting to watch. 

These are the kind of memories I want them to have. There's nothing more enjoyable then the sound of my children's laughter. To some this may sound drastic, but this has hands down been the best decision ever.

Happy Hump Day
xo

19 comments:

  1. I want to do this all the time!! I swear my TV is running all day long even if they aren't completely watching it. I'm about to hide the remotes!

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    1. That's a start :) it has truly helped us!!

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  2. We are going to go screen free for the month of July. The kids suggested it and I'm really excited to start planning fun stuff for us to do.

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    1. Yeeey, that is awesome that they suggested it!! Honestly best decision ever!

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  3. I didn't take away TV completely, but I really limit the usage. I HATE having the TV on in the background, so I tell my kids it has to stay off until the evening, when we watch one show together. My older kids get 1 hour of Netflix watching each day, as long as they read, play outside, do their chores and clean their rooms first. If those four things don't happen, I confiscate their devices!

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  4. I love this!!! I have set some boundaries in our house as well. When Clair is awake we don't have the TV and we try to stay off our phones while she's playing with us. It's hard to transition but it really has been making such a difference in our behaviors.

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    1. Right!?? Stay with it mama, it is so worth it! <3

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  5. Wow! That's a great idea. TV is so convenient when you need to get things done around the house but occupying them with other creative options is a good option. Where do you live? We live in Arizona so we are inside for most of the summer too.

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    1. I'm in Arizona as well....which is another reason we needed this change!

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  6. We don't do tv time in my home during the week and it was the best decision ever

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  7. I love this idea! Such a great thing and it's neat now that you can treat them to a movie on Friday nights.

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  8. I really do need to do this. My kiddo is the same way!

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  9. I have been thinking about this. I really need this.

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  10. I love this idea! We typically don't watch tv when my son is awake. We do during nap time and once he is in bed though.

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  11. I try and do this too, make tv/Netflix something special! Thanks for your thoughts!!!

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  12. I love this! I've actually been thinking of taking the TV away from my daughter, Hallen for a while now. It's seriously the first thing she asks for when she comes downstairs. She even tries to butter me up in her sweetest toddler voice and biggest smile��

    Kristina

    Www.dearnovemberdays.com

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  13. Thank you fatty for sharing this!! I needed this today!!!

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  14. i am looking for simply fit board review and planing to buy on for my 7 years old kid.

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