Over the last month I’ve been noticing an interesting pattern developing in my house. Days that Sprout watched TV, he would almost certainly get in trouble, be put in time-out, or have a tantrum. It took me a while to realize it because we already had a very strict TV schedule (we went through hell and back with TV detox last winter) and it’s not as though he was watching anything that would necessarily trigger bad behavior (his shows are limited to Clif.ford, Sesame.Street and PB.S Kids). But, something clicked last Sunday and we implemented a no tv plan.
It wasn’t a punishment. There was no discussion with Sprout about how he lost tv for bad behavior. Instead we just decided not to offer it and keep him busy with other activities when he would typically ask for it. In the past 9 days, he has watched exactly 20 minutes of television and he hasn’t even noticed. But we have! Happy, clam, agreeable, and an absolute joy to be around is difficult not to notice. Coincidence? Who cares? This no-tv thing has been like a big breath of fresh air!
Do you have crabby argumentative children in your house? Try turning off the tv and be sure to report back on your findings!