While we were away, we had TV. We were at my father’s house where, like most people, they watch TV. Not all day, but they do watch sometimes.
I am not so obsessed with unplugging my kids that I forbid them TV when we are in a hotel, or at a home where there is TV. However, I check what they watch and I won’t let them sit and channel surf.
Actually, the nice thing is that Unplugged Kids don’t even know what channels are. Since the only thing we ever see at home (and only occasionally) are videos, when encountering a TV, my kids expect to be able to watch programs on demand and see them again whenever they want.
At my Dad’s house my 5 and 6 year-old got seriously into the Animal Planet. In fact, one evening they were watching something about sharks and my 5 year-old boy was so excited that he kept running in to me in the room next door, spewing out all kinds of interesting facts about Tiger Sharks. It was fun to see his excitement.
But the next day, he wanted to watch the “Tiger Shark Program” again. It was hard to make him understand that he couldn’t because it wasn’t on.
I have noticed more frequent requests for videos since we have come home. Before we left, they hadn’t asked for a video in at least 6 months. We got back last week and they have asked 3 or 4 times already.
I have not yet however had the Big Question: “Mama, why don’t we have TV like everyone else does?” I am sure it will come eventually, and I actually thought it might come after this trip. Not yet though. I’ll keep you updated.