Quick Reminders of How Bad TV Can Be for Us
Huffington Post recently ran through some of things that too much television time can do, and it is definitely worth checking to see where we all fit.
Is Weight an Ongoing Issue at Your House?
Munching in front of your favorite shows night after night can definitely contribute to those extra pounds. Not to mention the exercise time that is skipped in favor of slouching onto the couch. Eating and TV are totally linked and probably not doing your family any favors.
Are You Losing Sleep as Evenings Stretch Out?
Watching the late shows can become a habit you really don’t need if you need to be up and out the door early in the morning. Putting a cap on TV time and shutting things down earlier can make a big difference in the morning routine. Suddenly it is not quite so hard to get everybody up and moving.
Are You Looking for a Romanticized Relationship?
Romance is great but if you are shaping all of your ideas around televised romance you may not find a match in real time. Or if you are already in a relationship, but perfectly willing to ignore your partner as you dive into your favorite show you may be making a bad trade and soon be missing your real relationship.
Kids Language Skills Go Down & Aggression Increases with More TV
Pediatrics experts say television exposure before age two is strongly correlated with decreased language development. Those same experts also warn that kids take relationship cues from the TV and video games where violence often leads the way. Experts feel early exposure to violence makes it more likely that kids will grow up to be aggressive adults.
Does TV Time Really Need a Review at Your House?
As we look around on weekends and in evenings, or after school, is the television always on with someone watching? I have seen this become an all to easy habit at my house. Finally I moved the television out of the regular traffic flow in the family room, and after everyone stopped complaining, the family room became a different place. Now there are more conversations, crafts, chess games and projects showing up. With the TV missing, lots of new options opened up. If that sounds good to you, try that tactic at your house and see if life without ongoing TV doesn’t turn out to be a lot better.