We don't have a tv.
Did you lose all respect for me?
Okay, well technically we have a tv. It just doesn't get any channels. We used to have satellite (the only option where we live). So we shelled out $50+ bucks each month to sit happily snacking and zoning out on things like Survivor and Work Out and the Amazing Race. I loved those reality tv shows. But then Pierce came along. And I didn't want him to grow up with parents kicked back in front of the tv all the time. And I didn't want him stressing over stuff he saw on the news, or growing desensitized to violence (yes, it does happen). Plus, I'd read this online study that showed a high correlation between the amount of time spent watching tv and autism, particularly in boys. And the study kind of made sense to me when I really thought about it. Not that I think tv causes autism at all. But just that high doses of it could, quite possibly, turn on what was already there, lying dormant.
At any rate, I'm not opposed to tv in moderation. Goodness knows I'm happy for my daily break while Pierce watches a show. It's just that it's such a temptation to watch more. And I'm weak. So if we don't have one, we aren't able to be sucked into plopping in front of it and wasting the day away.
The tricky part was convincing Paul to get on board. He didn't like it. Not one bit. He agreed, however, to try it for 6 months as my wedding anniversary gift 3 years ago. He actually still complains about it sometimes, but I think he is mostly adjusted. However, he definitely categorizes the whole notion as 'not normal' and he generally doesn't like it. I have to say he's right; it's certainly not normal. I don't miss it, though, not for a second.
So anyhow, with our old school tv we can watch dvds or VHS tapes. And each afternoon Pierce is allowed to watch one show. We have a wide variety, but right now he is 100% Diego. It's all we hear about, really. Diego doesn't really teach you how to write or how to read. It's not one of those highly educational shows. Yet I've found that Diego really supports our family philosophy. Think about it. Diego is always adventuring outdoors, convening with nature. He loves to be active - he's a good runner! He enjoys learning about animals in their natural habitats and helping out when he can. He can use a map. He is kind to his family - he and Alicia are always hanging out together and I've never seen them fighting and slamming each other into the ground over a toy. Plus, although Diego doesn't talk about it very often, I have a rather strong feeling he supports legislation that supports the environment ;-) And I really like that Pierce now knows more Spanish than I do (blush).
Typical Pierce: sporting one of his cherished Diego shirts and taking pics with his Diego camera:
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