The TELEVISION was a great invention, no doubt. But today how much of your life is spent watching it? How many kids sit in front of it and stay for hours refusing to go outside for play but yet seem to be getting fatter? Are we as a nation just couch potatoes? What role does the TV play in your home? What kind of example do you set for your children in regards to the T.V.?

if you couldn`t tell from the subject, this is a subject that is a constant source of ire for me. the habit of sitting children in front of the television is reprehensible and tantamount to abuse.

my daughters watch television but they are also the sort of children who will sit out on the porch engrossed in a good book or be out in the yard exploring. my older daughter has exams this year and is pretty much on a tight schedule.

last year when i realised that i was encouraging my daughter waste her afternoons away in front of the television, we instituted tv time. cut back to specific hours a week, found other things to do. i would be laying on the bed reading and she would come in with her book and lie next to me and we would spend the evening reading.

there`s television i watch regularly, stuff i like, but having the tv on for the sake of having it on, i don`t think so. i realised this weekend, that apart from watching er on thursday night and futurama and family guy before i go to bed, my television is generally off, i found myself wondering why was i paying for cable.

television is not the be all and end all of my life,  the internet is.

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