TV Turnoff Week Starts Today: Got Plans?
Wow, that snuck up on me. Today is Day 1 of what could be a l-o-n-g week for kids and families alike. This year, TV turnoff week runs from April 21st through the 27th, Sunday to Sunday. We've discussed the TV or no TV issue before, but this is just a week, so (thankfully) doesn't require so much philosophizing!
Do you plan to turn off your TV this week? Gonna be hard? Or are you looking forward to it as a chance to get outside more in the balmy (?!) Spring weather? Have you warned the kids, planned fabulously captivating replacement activities, or are you just gonna wing it? We're a video family, and since the DVD player broke a few weeks back, we've got no choice! If you need back-up support, there are a bazillion places to turn. To name a few: the Center for Screentime Awareness (they cooked this 'holiday' up - so love 'em or hate 'em), LimiTV, and, for the hardcore, AdBusters. And there's always the uM calendar, packed with exciting things to do in Pdx.
This one doesn't happen to be a hard one for our family, but what really worries me is when somebody asks me to avoid the computer at home for a week. I know my kids would sign our family right up. We're plugged in but they're not? Oh, mama, how unfair.