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I'm a dichotomy of blue jeans, pretty jewelry, frugalista, and Southern girl living the simple rural life. I want to live my life holistically, thoughtfully, economically, and most of all gratefully, and encourage other women to do the same.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Why "No TV" is Good for Kids

In our homeschool world, it's already summer vacation. For my son and many other kids, that means days by the pool but also afternoons in front of the TV. Recently, my son got into a little trouble at home and had his TV privileges revoked for three days. The first day was pure torture for him (and torturous whining for my ears). But by the second day, he had substituted his afternoon viewing habit with some other activities. The activities were much better for him than pure TV viewing could provide. So much so that I have implemented new TV viewing rules - including a blank screen - for many hours of the summertime.

First, I saw him wander outside with his BB Gun.
When the squirrels were elusive, his sights were moved to a more manageable target.

Next, he planted basil and lavender. Basil is great paired with sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella slices, and a drizzle of olive oil for a caprese salad. Dried lavender is good mixed with Epsom salts for a relaxing bath soak.

Then he read the comics. (At least he was reading SOMETHING.)

And there were even a few crafts.
NO TV is a good thing. One day down. Another to go.

Happy Summer,