Whew! Is it getting hot in here?!?! I guess I should have known from my family's reaction that this was going to be a heated topic!
I think it boils down to the idea that some of us may be a little more prone to "sitting in front of the tv" as our only source of entertainment to the exclusion of other more worthwhile and wholesome activities.
Yes, there are some fabulous shows on tv...but how many people who grew up on cartoons and soap operas are going to turn to the history channel??? I personally don't. I want to watch the junk as much as my kids do and I admit to having a weakened mind and will do to the cultural impact the tv has had on my life.
I spent everyday of my summer break between 6th and 7th grade watching tv from sunup to bedtime...talk about
my life away!
I don't want to see my bright and beautiful children waste their lives in the same way...but it is happening as we speak. That was the largest catalyst for the idea behind this. I want more for my children.
And just as a side note: I would hope that if someone wants to be social and asks one of my kids what their favorite tv show is that my child's response would be "I don't watch tv, but my favorite movie is ... right now. And on the weekends we go camping and hiking and I get to help in the kitchen...I can already make ... by myself. Do you want to come over some time?"
There is no awkwardness in that...and I think that most kids would look at that and, sure they might think the "no tv" thing is a little weird but, what about all that other cool stuff...most kids would really think that was cool.
I do remember watching shows that I loved as a kid...and my kids get those still too. I have my computer for movies and I still have the tv and dvd player for now.
I just think that there is a world full of exploration and excitement on the other side of tv...a place where we "do" instead of sit and "observe". I want to be the one living that life, the vibrant, fantastic, busy and fulfilling life. I may be idealistic. I may be naive. I may be biting off more than I can chew, but I thought I was doing that when I went vegan, and it was surprisingly easy. Perhaps this will be as well.
At any rate...thanks so much for the replies, very helpful.