Say Bye-Bye Television Challenge. Bye-Bye.

Welcome to the LAST DAY of the Hardcore Television Challenge!

I’d like to thank the academy for my award in BEST COMEDYBEST DRAMA, and the most coveted award, BEST REMAKE OF THE TITANIC.

Actually (cheesy alert) my fellow challengers are the award winners. I’m grateful for their honesty and hilarity.

XOXO to:
Naked Girl In A Dress
Watercoloring on the Table
Always Half-Full
Mommy Wis(h)dom

And of course, I’m thankful for Barefoot Books who not only participated in the challenge but is allowing one challenger to pick a book for FREE.

(If you are not listed above but did play along, please let me know in a comment on THIS post. Otherwise, I won’t know to include you in the drawing. And you’ll be sad and resentful for the REST OF YOUR LIFE. Winner announced this weekend.)

Psst… I’m a little relieved that the challenge is over. I really want to watch a movie with my kids.

But I’m not sure that we will go back to daily TV. The hubs and I have debated it at great length.

Pro: making dinner
Con: making dinner
Pro: guaranteed downtime
Con: guaranteed only if N takes a nap (which is 50-50 in the afternoon. and tv holds no interest for her)
Pro: educational
Con: not really
Pro: more time to Twitter
Con: more time to Twitter and get my feelings hurt #sensitivetweeter
Pro: can return phone calls in a timely manner
Con: have to return phone calls in a timely manner
Pro: don’t have to stay up as late writing
Con: no excuse to stay up late with you
Pro: need less caffeine because I’ll get more sleep and downtime
Con: nothing to complain about

After thoroughly considering the above list, we both decided that television detox is way worse than continued abstinence.

So I think we’ll add a movie night and be done with it.

Thanks again to The Mommies Network, Romp n’ Roll, and The Early Years Institute for their support throughout the challenge.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

21 thoughts to “Say Bye-Bye Television Challenge. Bye-Bye.”

  1. @kristinglas: As a fellow Kristin, I can say I frequently lose battles at my parents’ house.

    Although, Alex, you are a far mightier woman than I to have completed this challenge. Or to have started it at all.

  2. Had enough, eh?

    Congratulations. Even though I still think it was not perhaps the best possible reason to shoot yourself in the foot and bang your head against a wall, it is nonetheless a huge accomplishment.

  3. Congrats on making it through! You know, you could always do what I do- I don’t watch TV, per se- because I dont’ have cable. So i watch all the shows I want to see on the internet on my laptop.

    Voila- I can truthfully say, “I don’t watch TV”

    1. We don’t have cable either (except for a month during the World Cup)… that darn antenna picks up JUST ENOUGH. But yes, the internet? making cheating so much EASIER

  4. Alex, well done. I love the pros and cons. I wonder if TV will insidiously creep back into our lives or if we’ll stay aware of when we turn in on? Not so sure here. Movie night (or afternoon in our case) is so much fun. We’ll have to pop some popcorn and enjoy. With remote in hand to skip over any scary parts. Disney movies are 30 minute affairs in our house. And just in time, my husband has a sugery next week, and TV will be part of our recovery plan. And keep kids from jumping on drugged up dad plan.

  5. Congratulations on making it through!

    We made the conscious decision to be TV-free with our daughter when she was born, but we have been occasionally watching movies since she turned 3. Before the full length features, we started with Scholastic books on DVD from the library, TMBG music videos, and similar short things. I thought about doing a weekly movie night, but it will probably end up being monthly. I really like that we can do it sometimes, and it’s fun to do, but it’s not something we *need* to do. Also, seeing some of the behaviors and issues she picks up from watching movies, I feel like it’s helpful for us to watch with her and be around to explain! The latest was a fear of policemen, based on Muppets in Manhattan (two policemen arrest different men for crimes). She’s mostly over that, but it was pretty entertaining when she started talking about policemen having a special paper to come and take her away (my husband attempt to comfort her by explaining warrants backfired).

  6. But, Woooooonder Pets! “On Demand” has made me a much happier mother. In fact, I think we’ll do some right now, since my H thinks he’s too good for napping today.

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