Plugged In Vacation – What Happens When Home Again?

By , August 16, 2007 9:24 am

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.

2 Responses to “Plugged In Vacation – What Happens When Home Again?”

  1. Jenny says:

    Please do let us know if they ask The Big Question. My daughter only watches the occasional video as well, and gets far more use out of the TV as a mirror than for watching programs. :o)

  2. meeyauw says:

    I’m curious what will happen. I assume they don’t go to public school. I found myself wondering the other day what the pressures would be if they did. And wondering how a family with withstand those pressures.

    I was thinking all of this in context of Wingnut and how I permitted things I had never permitted before: TV for one. But Harry Potter for another. What if I had forbade it? He would’ve been the only kid in school who hadn’t read it. And that would’ve been just fine. I’m a bit disenchanted with the whole HP thing.

    But Wingnut would’ve felt pretty awful about it. How awful? I have no idea. But I didn’t want to subject him to that. Can you imagine? I can’t; I am upset with myself. Now I am upset. Back then I felt truly like a wonderful grandmother, spending all that money on that silly book when I could’ve gotten him 5 others that were better.

    And I thought of you.

    So I’m interested in the future. And I’m glad my kids are grown so I don’t have this stuff to ponder anymore at home. Now I can pontificate at school.

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