The Space Between My Peers: TV or Not TV?

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I'm a home-schooling, bible-believing SAHM with an annual clothing budget of about $500 American. The Space Between My Peers reveals my secret passion: analysis of the art and science of what to wear.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

TV or Not TV?

We have two children still at home, both in their teens, who have lived without a TV in the home for over 8 years. While neither of them is perfect, they both defy today's stereotypes about teens. They are not rebellious, rarely unpleasant, and for the most part, they agree with their parents about the important issues of life.

So, we wonder, heads spinning, how did we manage that? At first glance, it may seem that homeschooling is what makes our family different from others. Could be. But recently, as I was thinking about the electronic influences on today's children, I began to wonder whether being without a TV was just as beneficial. So I asked. "Why do you think you are so pleasant and easy to be parent of?" Obviously this is not a question we can know the answer to in full, and there is clearly a spiritual component, but today our best thoughts are: 40% homeschooling, 60% TV (that is not TV). My best advice? Many hours of conversation.


Anonymous antik said...

Rebecca, I think you have given some great advice and I bet, in practice, what you actually do in 'Many hours of conversation' is
40% [or less] talking and
60% [or more] listening.

Or maybe you just have two great children still at home... :-))

2:36 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

More listening so that when I do say something it's actually applicable.

I also have two great children who are grown up: both smart, likable, talented, and good-looking. They, however, did not have the benefit of our best thinking when they were growing up.

6:16 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

My parents were pretty strict about the TV when we were small, while we were being homeschooled, but when we entered high school we kind of became more disconnected, and I guess I simultaneously became more rebellious. We didn't get any channels though, so I did a lot of reading, even when I was a "stereotypical teenager". So I don't think it was TV that made me bad.

Now that I'm in university and back on track I call my parents almost every day and the conversation has really brought us closer. I'm glad.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Mom2fur said...

I just have to say we love our TV. It runs a lot around here and is our main entertainment. I have 3 amazing adult children, and a wonderful 16-year-old who is friendly and sweet. They are all the first ones to jump if you need help, or to even just open the door for you. And he plays video games or watches TV a LOT. (Although that gets cut back now that school has started.) It isn't TV that's the culprit in most's parents who don't actively take part in their kid's lives. There were rebellious kids and loser adults long before TV even existed. I like what Antik says...40%(-) talking/60%(+) listening.

5:42 AM  

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