Reflections of A TV Addict

I watch too much tv. I admit it. I’m from the generation raised on sitcoms like The Cosby Show and The Simpsons. Dramas like LA Law and staying up for Saturday Night Live. I thought getting rid of the cable would help but I still feel like it’s sucking up my evenings.

Now that naptime is phasing out, I really need those evenings to pursue those interests that make me, well, me. Someone besides a mother, a wife, and a teacher. My main interests are reading, knitting, and baking. I would also love to get back into yoga, although I think I like the idea of yoga (like the clothes! and the pretty mats!) more then the actual practice of yoga. But that’s another topic. So I basically have the hours of 8 to 10pm to myself. But it’s really hard for me, after a full day of trying desperately to intellectually stimulate 13 year olds, to not watch a new episode of Modern Family or Parks and Recreation. To turn my mind off. I’ll rationalize it by knitting as the overdue library books go untouched. And sometimes, I’ll zone into my knitting and zone out the tv. But usually, eventually, the knitting falls in my lap, my jaw goes slack, I get a bowl of ice cream, and pass out on the couch.

One book I’ve read recommended getting up a half hour to an hour before your kids but admitted this is pretty hard with little ones. Z gets up at 6, maybe 7 on a weekend. I’m already getting up at 5:30 just to swallow some coffee before he pitter patters out of his bedroom. I think getting up earlier just isn’t realistic. So I need to turn off the tv. And I have started. I think to myself, is there anything on I really want to watch or am I just going to flip through channels? This is infinitely easier without cable. Also, I have to concede there are nights where I really do want to watch tv. And that’s okay too. But I do need to learn to live without the background noise of a blaring tv set.

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