So at the same time I decided to go TV-Free I finished my school semester.
For some reason this made me feel like I was free falling.
A lot of my time was spent on the computer doing school work (my classes were online) and watching DVDs or TV.
So ending this all at once felt sort of scary.
What were things going to be like?
My first thought was that I needed to reconnect with everyone in my life.
Relationships that had been put on hold for my school work all of a sudden became vitally important. I needed relationships to feel grounded- because someone had moved my ground.
However, nobody elses life had changed, so my kids and husband didn't know what to think of my all-of-a-sudden "over-talkative and interested in their life" self.
And it was scary to give up my TV babysitter for Piney.
I wondered what she would do with herself.
I soon found out-
She would make a huge mess of the house by getting into anything and everything within reach.
(I had to move some things to higher shelves)
Next, she wanted to spend time on and off my lap.
The difference was that I totally let her.
I let her make a mess of her toys and I let her get on and off my lap
because I had time- I wasn't distracted by other things.
I also figured that we could clean up the mess together at the end of the day- and it was fine.
We also did some activities together like coloring in a coloring book, playing finger games, writing a story together, and painting her nails.
When she didn't need me I read books, started on photo albums, planned meals, copied recipes, planned some sewing projects, cleaned my house, took care of my pot garden, read books outloud to my 9 year old, played board games with my family, found out about their lives, walked them to lessons, etc. My boys are not watching TV during the day either.
All I have to say about it now is that it is scary to give up TV and reduce computer time- but its worth it. It is like taking yourself out of an isolated virtual world and into the real world.
I can't say that it still doesn't feel scary.
It sort of does still, but it also feels like an adventure.
This weekend we are going to visit an island off the coast of Korea (Cheju island).
We will spend some time as a family at the beach, hiking mountains, exploring caves, and swimming in the ocean. It is a slower paced world on that island.
And I am SO looking forward to it!