We don't have live TV - we ditched our DirecTV subscription in 2009 to save money before T was born and I haven't missed it at all. TJ only misses it during football season. But we've essentially replaced our TV time with other "screen time" so we can't really say we're taking the high road.
After both kids go to bed, TJ and I sit in front of our respective screens until we go to sleep. Not exactly quality time there either, though as introverts, we both desperately need quiet alone time.
We do limit T's screen time - she has DVDs we let her watch, but usually not more than 30 minutes a few times a week. I think it's only fair that we make an effort to limit our own screen time as well.
|Maybe we'll paint.|
So tomorrow we'll read books, exercise, talk to each other (OMG), do some crafty things, and eat dinner together, hopefully something we cooked ourselves.
In my ideal world, we wouldn't use our devices while the kids are awake and with us, but that's a pretty drastic step. As part of my One Little Word, mindfulness, I am trying to limit my own device use during the day when T is home.
It's hard - my laptop sits on the counter in our kitchen. My phone is always handy since I Facebook and surf the web while I'm nursing M. The Internet, with its nice asynchronous "social" qualities, is always beckoning. Somewhere in the world, at least one of my friends or "friends" is awake no matter when I'm online.
I've read about people doing this every week, and that may be too much for us to do right away. So we'll start with just one day.
See you on the other side! Is this something you've done, or would consider doing?