We have one television in our home. It is a small 23 inch screen that sits atop an
old antique end table that once belonged to my husband's grandmother.
We normally keep it off during the day, until my husband gets home from work when he likes to catch up on sports news, politics, and other current events.
I would like it just fine if we didn't have one at all, but we do, so I make it work. Occasionally, for a reward, I let the kids watch a show. They have no idea who Hannah Montana is, or Sponge Bob Square Pants, or Zach and Cody because we don't allow those shows.
It's not that I think those shows or others like them are immoral. I don't know whether they are or not since I haven't seen them. What I do know is the popular culture at large sees immorality as the norm, and I suspect that is reflected in popular shows.
What my children are allowed to watch, and they enjoy these very much, are the following:
- Leave It To Beaver
- The Andy Griffith Show
- The Rifleman
- Little House on the Prairie
We also watch some movies on the Hallmark channel. One we enjoyed recently was The Ransom of Red Chief, a story we like by O Henry.
We have also watched Savage Sam, the sequel to Old Yeller, by Fred Gibson, which is a favorite read aloud, as well as Beowulf, The Ten Commandments, and others.
We mute the commercials and use that time to discuss the similarities and differences in the books and the movies. (Or get drinks or snacks or other such high minded stuff.)
I'm not saying this way is more wholesome or holy than any other way. I am just saying that this is how we do things in our family. It meets our requirements for family fun without compromising our ideals.
What about you? How do you handle the TV?