We don’t have a TV in the house, which was a decision that was made when we moved here almost three years ago. We had an old clunky telly and no where to put it, so gave it away on Freecycle. We had planned on buying a flat screen to put on the wall, but couldn’t justify the cost after all the moving expenses. We would make do with watching catch up and films on our laptop while we saved but after a couple of weeks of living this way, we realised we actually preferred it and decided to go without. I now view it as one of the best decisions we have made.
We aren’t anti-TV by any stretch of the imagination – I have spoke before about mine and hubby’s love of good Film and Telly, and when we get into a boxed set we are hooked – but we enjoy not being marketed to by endless adverts. We even stopped watching C4 on demand because the ads drive us both crazy. Most days the girls only watch around an hours’ TV at the end of the day when they’re eating their tea, and winding down. They need it by then, and rather than hype them up before getting into the bath and going to bed it helps chill them out.
So, back to the screen free day, the bigger challenge was going to be for myself. Not checking into my various apps on my phone… did I achieve it? Not exactly but almost! Seeing as the sun came out for the first time in what seems like forever, we decided to go to our favourite farmers market, and head to the lovely park and playpark near it. Getting there requires using the train, and I needed to check that it was running because it wasn’t last week. While I had my phone out I also checked the Met Office to make sure there wasn’t any rain predicted. There wasn’t, and although it was freezing out, we all had a fab day.
We picked up some delicious food at the market for lunch – Rendang curry for me which was amazing. Slowly strolled through the park, with both girls napping in our Phil & Ted’s double buggy (needs must and all that). Then hubby had lots of fun in the playpark running around after the girls. At almost 37 weeks pregnant I took the opportunity to sit down and rest on a bench, and resisted the temptation to look at my phone which was rather liberating. On the way back through the station the girls had a play on a Street Piano, which they loved (apart from checking the time, the only other reason I used my phone was to take the photo above). By the time we got home it was prep-tea time, and little one’s turn to help me in the kitchen. Rather than getting the laptop out and letting 4yo watch TV, hubby sat with her and they made some things out of beads with one of her Xmas pressies.
I didn’t do a single blog-related thing at all for 24 hours which is quite something – Sunday evening is usually a main blogging session, as hubby works out. Instead I worked on my book in the old fashioned way, on paper with a pen. All in all a good day, not hugely different for the girls if I’m honest but as I said it was quite liberating at points for me. I remember feeling the same when I lost my iPhone a couple of years back and had to use an old cheapie phone, that was only capable of calls and text messages. I toyed with the idea of not getting another smartphone but caved after a week or so, because it does make life so much easier.
Did you think you could rise to the challenge of a screen free day?