I know, weird, right? It even felt odd writing that title.
Trust me, I’m the first one in the house to scream about “screen time.” But in our house, “screen time” refers to any computer, whether it’s hand-held or otherwise. And they get WAY too much screen time.
Somewhere around puberty, it just sort of happens. They migrate to different corners of the house, and become enveloped and isolated in their imaginary worlds.
That’s why I wish they watched more TV.
Watching TV is a social activity. It used to be that all 4 of us would sit down and watch a funny, family-friendly show. Sure, they’d argue about who sat where, and what show we watched, but at least they interacted.
And we laughed. Together. And a lot!
Family games are good too, but they take organization and a good block of time, and a lot of twisting of arms (especially for the older one). That’s too much commitment some days.
But TV is different. Sitting together just for a 30 minute show allows conversation to arise spontaneously. We can even discuss something we’ve just watched, which is so much easier, especially with teens, than trying to drag a conversation out of them. They don’t even realize they’re talking to you, but nuggets of wisdom are getting through.
But when everyone is on their own device and plugged in with their headphones, it’s silent. There is no conversation. They don’t want to be bothered.
Memories are made around the TV.
How many from my generation remember growing up to the Tuesday night line-up of Happy Days & Laverne & Shirley? We ALL remember that. Usually our parents were sitting right there with us. Or who else watched the Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights with their family? Or Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom?
Now, how many of you sit crowded around the computer watching YouTube together? See? It’s not the same thing.
It’s almost 8:00 on a Wednesday night. Think I’ll go see who wants to watch the Goldberg’s with me. Or maybe I can find a repeat of The Middle?
Wish me luck!
What do you think? Do you watch TV as a family?
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