My family is having a "TV fast" this week. It started this past Sunday and will last until next Sunday. We are only turning on the TV if we all sit down to watch a DVD together, but no other TV viewing. We are also limiting our computer time. I am getting all my computer work done during the day when the kids are at school except for checking email in the evenings to see if Peter (2nd son) has emailed (he sometimes emails from Iraq and we can get an email "conversation" going).
This was actually Mike's idea which was a big surprise to me. We've done this before but he was never happy about it. He loves his sports and news (with a little NCIS thrown in) so I was shocked when he suggested no TV for a week.
So far, the kids haven't complained at all. They have played lots of games, (Phase 10 is the current favorite), played basketball in the driveway with the neighbor kids, and even finished homework on time. :) Last night I got a free Redbox rental and we all watched Kung Fu Panda together. It was the first time the TV has been on since Saturday so it was a big treat and we popped popcorn and made a party out of it.
It's been good for all of us to have the TV off. Mike hasn't been retreating to our bedroom to watch sports after supper and the kids have been playing together more. I've had a more peaceful state of mind with no frantic newscasters telling me how terrible things are. I also think it's good for us to be away from all the commercials telling us about the latest things that we must buy so that our lives are not useless and miserable. :)
Do you watch TV at your house? If you watch TV, do you set any limits on what your kids can watch and for how long?