There is no TV in my new home. It was something I'd been considering from the time I knew I was going to move. I thought the transition would be a good opportunity to leave it behind. I figured the munchkins would be excited about their new home and routine, and wouldn't miss not having it.
I was right.
Last week, I asked Puck if it was okay that I don't have a TV. He has a few shows he really loves, and will ask to watch them frequently. He said it didn't bother him. He pointed out that we do watch things on my tablet sometimes, and that there are other things to do.
He's right. There's always plenty to do without turning on the TV. Shows and movies can be entertaining, but with as much as Puck and Tink are learning and growing right now, I'd much rather engage their minds in other ways. They both love to build things with blocks, and they're kind of addicted to puzzles right now. I'd much rather spend an hour doing that with them than watching another episode of some mindless cartoon I've seen a hundred times.
I think, too, it's a way for me to continue de-cluttering my life. Moving has allowed me to pick and choose what's important enough to stay in my home and get rid of stuff I've just been carting around for no real reason. Well, not having a TV is a way for the munchkins and I to de-clutter our minds.
Our home is more peaceful without it. After a while, even favorite shows can become just noise. And I'll admit that there have been times I've turned something on just for the background noise. Eliminating that has helped me quiet my mind more.
I still have subscriptions to Netflix and Hulu+ for the time being. After all, I have to get my Doctor Who fix somehow.* But since my tablet is working well for watching the few shows I like, as well as the occasional shows for the munchkins, I'm happy to continue as we are.
Do you have a TV in your home? How often do you watch it? What do you watch?
*Also, last week we watched Doctor Who for our evening show, and Puck got very upset during David Tennant's final episode. I explained that a new man was playing the Doctor, but it was still the same Doctor just with a different face. Then, Puck got very excited when he saw Matt Smith for the first time, and it was all good.