A friend of mine used to have a bumper sticker that said that. We have a TV and basic cable right now, but our child is going to be 18 soon.
Over our boys’ growing up years we mostly did not have TV, but every now and then I would get the cable reinstalled for what would always seem like a good reason. We had it reinstalled during the first Gulf War so I could follow the developments, but then we got rid of it again, and I wrote this. My boys would have been about….hmmm….10, 7 and 1.
“What I have been amazed at is how little we have missed the TV. Admittedly we have still enjoyed the video feature. The kids have almost automatically gone into a deeper level of creativity! I have been trying to document the results–the paper airplanes folded and flown, the comics drawn, the magic tricks practiced and performed, the coin and stamp collections worked on. Today they used their hieroglyphics kit to create sentences. Also after cleaning the playroom, they created a rap song and dance to commemorate the event.”
My only regret is that I did not stand strong against the TV longer.