We moved our TV (and subsequently our Tivo) to the COG. We now have no TV in our apartment... which is a BIG, no... HUGE, no.... GINORMOUS step for me. Have I gotten across the drastic-ness of this move? I imagine my dad might actually pass out when he hears about this...
Adam and I started realizing that we spend pretty much every night in the main house. Once Chase goes down, we go over and hang with the parents, watch a movie, spend time on the computer or scrapbook (only I do that last one ;~). Currently the TV goes unused at night.
There are a few shows* coming back from summer hiatus that we really like and if we want to watch them, the Tivo has to be in the COG. In the apartment, the TV is just too close to Chase and we don't want to risk waking him up just to watch a show.
Most importantly, I can't seem to not watch TV during the day. I turn it off but that only lasts for a little while before it eventually ends up back on... either for viewing or for background noise. Either way, it's not the example I want to set for Chase. I have struggled with this daily ever since I became a stay at home mom. In the beginning it was easier to fool myself into thinking the behavior was ok but that doesn't fly anymore. He is active, full of exploration, engaging and needs my undivided attention. He needs a mom who gets down and plays, pushes his little mind and watches him really discover new things. I have been beating myself up about this for months now and I finally have the perfect opportunity/excuse to do something about it! Here's to Monday morning with no TV!
Wish me luck!
*If you are wondering what shows I was referring to... The Office, Boston Legal, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Biggest Loser, Lost... those are the ones that I can think of off the top of my head ;~)