What to watch and how much.
I was kindly asked to be a guest T.I.P.ster,
where some beautiful moms care and share with each other and with others!
Topic at hand: Television viewing.
to be or not to be…
a T.V. watching family?
I find this to be a touchy subject,
especially within the homeschooling community.
It gets even trickier when you opt to have TV in your home,
but are picky about your choices.
If we say “we don’t watch that” in our home,
some will roll their eyes.
If we say “we watch this” in our home,
some will give the furrowed brow.
Ultimately, each family has to set their own standards.
Be willing to listen to the Lord’s guidance for your own family.
Always be open to share with your children “the why” you choose what you choose.
1. Shows that portray Dad as an idiot.
That just eliminated 50% of TV time right there, eh?
2. Shows that are risque in attitude or attire.
example: Dancing with the Stars. This is one that gets the eye roll, lol, but how can I discuss and expect modesty from my daughter yet be willing to subject our eyes to what we deem inappropriate?
3. 98% of R-rated movies, and 85% of PG13 rated movies.
Rated R is allowed in our home when it is based off a history documentary. ie usually war related. We are cautious of little eyes, thus a teen age-limit is required along with parental supervision. Let’s face it, war is not pretty, and with us raising 5 boys, I want them to know what war is about. ( a post in itself, I suppose).
As for PG13 (and PG for that matter), we use the 3 strikes, it’s out method.
examples: adult innuendos ~ strike 1; Lord’s name in vain ~ strike 2; glamorized drinking ~ strike 3.
We have turned off more shows this way, even shows that were originally referred to us.
Let’s face it, the majority of vampire themed shows are seductive by nature, not to mention dark.
Family Classics~ Andy Griffith Show, Leave it to Beaver, I love Lucy.
Old Cartoons ~ Mickey Mouse, Tom & Jerry, Looney Tunes.
Survival/Nature shows ~ Man vs Wild, National Geographic, I shouldn’t be alive.
Sports ~ although we avoid commercials. Thankfully, soccer is best with this, cuz at halftime when there is commercials the kids are out playing soccer! Superbowl halftime is a guaranteed shut off *wink*
A Few of Our Favorites:
We don’t necessarily restrict TV time. I tend to find activities to implement throughout our day that keep us connected to each other rather to the tube. Avoid boredom and TV becomes less of an option. just simply how we do it.
To follow these other gals and see what their families perspective is, please visit:
Kristen @ Bits and Pieces From My Life
Allyson @ A Heart For Home
Christy @ A Living Homeschool