Thursday, April 19, 2007

National TV Turn-Off Challenge

Next week, April 23-29, is National TV Turn-Off Week. Are you up to it? What, you say, are you crazy? No, I'm not. Television takes up too much precious time. There are so many other more worthwhile things to do than sit in front of the tube. Yes, even more worthwhile than the 'educational' shows on the Discovery or History channels, and even HGTV or DIY. Like what, you ask? You could:

Play hopscotch, hide & seek, or freeze-tag

Learn about the native trees and flowers in your area

Start a Journal or Diary

Make a Scrapbook or Photo Album

Cook a Meal with Family or Friends

Go to the Library or a Local Bookstore

Start a garden

Write a Letter

Take a Walk, a Swim, or a Bicycle Ride

READ to your children

Learn about your family history

The list is endless really. We plan on doing most of the above and more. We'll let you know how we did and what we did.

If you'd like to do the TV Turn-Off Week Blog Challenge head on over to Unplug your kids and read more (or click on the link in my side bar) and sign up.

Don't forget to have fun!!!!


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for signing up for "The TV Turn-Off Week Blog Challenge!" You have listed a lot of great ideas in your post. I hope we can get a few more participants, the more the merrier! I will look forward to reading more about your week (either during, or at the end). Thanks again for participating!

Jen said...

I didn't realize there was a national turn off the TV week, but schools in Reno did a TV-free event for one day last week. They encouraged all the children to go an entire day with no TV. A study cited on the radio blurb I heard about it said American kids watch an average of 25 hours of TV a week. That is more than an entire day!

We've been limiting TV in our home for awhile to very specific shows for very specific reasons. Consequently, the amount of artwork on my fridge has dramatically increased lately! Good luck with your goal to go without television.

Craig said...

For me I do not think this would be much of a challenge. I truely do not watch much tv. The wife and kids may have a harder time with it! I need to have a family talk before I commit!

The Lazy Organizer said...

I'm so glad you are doing this too! It's going to be a great week!

sippinghotchocolate said...

i can go without the tube. so obviously i was glad to read that you didn't include internet in your challenge. :) although i didn't think i could go without internet for a bit, but i managed to do it for a couple days while in rome. does that count? :)

Carissa said...

It seems like we have always lived in an area where you have to buy a cable package to get any local stations at all. Needless to say, we've spent more time without access to TV than we have with it (to save money we usually cancel the cable promotion after it ends). Anyway, what I'm getting at is that even though I enjoy watching TV, our home runs so much better without it! It's good to take a break from it once in a while and see what life can be like. All of a sudden there is so much more time...

An Ordinary Mom said...

What a great challenge! However, I won't give up my American Idol next week :) !!

Julie said...

*sigh* You are SO RIGHT!!! But we're in a TV stage right now and I'm not up to the challenge at this particular time. Twice, now, our family has shut off the TV for about six to seven months at a time. Then we get it again and enjoy our TV for a while. So, like I said, we're in a TV stage right now.

Dana said...

If we set the example by turning off our TV’s and make reading exciting and fun kids will also establish a love for reading in their free time! As I browsed around online I came across some useful tips to engage kids in reading on Matthew Gollub’s website During National TV Turn off Week he suggests things like; clipping newspaper articles of interest to older kids and planting them where they’re sure to be seen, keeping a reading log of everything your child reads for the week, listening to books on tape while driving and selecting closed captions on your TV.