Still keeping busy without a TV, we took advantage of the warm weather on Saturday by taking an aquabus over to Granville Island. We visited the open house at the cement works and had a chance to climb into a front end loader. This kind of thing is very exciting for a boy of five. Once inside he said “Daddy, where are the keys?” “How are we going to make it go?” I just love the five year old brain.
We finished up our TV free week on Sunday night. All-in-all a very positive experience. We are not big TV watchers to begin with (maybe a couple of hours a week) but it was nice to think about the role TV plays in our lives. Here’s an example. I had to run a few errands yesterday and my husband was going to look after the children. Turning on the TV would have been a lot easier for him since it was raining but he stuck with it. I came home after an hour and a half to find a very happy family reading stories on the couch. An elaborate wooden train route was set up in the family room and my son was very excited to show me his secret lab. Clearly a lot of imaginative play had gone on while I was out. We avoided the usual whining which seems to be the result of the inactivity of TV-watching and daddy had a chance to really connect with the boys. I think it will be an annual event for us as a reminder to practice mindfulness and slow things down.