One of the things we’ve realized is that, as a family, we spend waaaay too much time in front of screens. TV screens, computer screens, iPads, iPhones and Nintendos. I always thought we were in pretty decent shape in this arena given that our entire household has one 7 year old flat panel television and one really old box television that we hooked up to the Wii. But all of these electronics are getting in the way of quality family time.
So, Adios DirecTV.
TV is like crack for the kids. So, we’re stepping them down. For now we’ve got Netflix and Hulu Plus. There was surprisingly little whining about the departure of the DVR. A couple of days of aggravation and they adjusted to the new set up. Plus, we’re saving quite a bit of money of this unnecessary luxury. We went from nearly $80/month to about $17/month.
What they don’t know, though, is that we’ve got an evil, sadistic plan to limit their daily screen consumption even more than it already is during the school year. Bwahahahahaha.
I expect a lot of pushback when we issue the edict. What will be really hard, though, is when we apply the same limits to ourselves.
Facebook, anyone? I wonder if I’ll get the shakes the first few days…