When we began to spend more time looking after our grand daughter we got some videos for her to watch. (Our old fashioned videos are all the same to her!)
One was never enough though and she got bored and fractious. The video has never been on again and she doesn't ask for it. if she is ever unwell, it might be useful.
One day it was torrential rain. I thought maybe we would watch a video and then on impulse stopped on the way home and bought a child's umbrella for £1. She played outside for ages with the umbrella and a cat litter tray full of water as a 'puddle' to stand in. We do baking, play with home made play dough or with water in a bowl, dig the garden - all the things we did with our own kids in fact.
When the kids were small we went to the movies instead of watching TV. It was a real family treat and good value. (take your own popcorn and drinks or the cost can double).
We told them about the TV video combo and they naturally asked to see it. And we couldn’t find it.
- Try covering it with a nice cloth or put it in a TV cabinet. Not having visual contact with it improves the feel of the room and means you don't get triggered to switch it on just because it is there rather than because there is something you really want to watch.
- Decide not to watch TV first thing in the morning. News programmes especially have a lot of negative stuff in them. Is that really how you want to start the day?
- Have one TV free night at home a week and see how it feels. If you are not used to it plan how you are going to spend the time.
- Watch out that you don’t end up surfing the internet as a TV substitute.
- Here are some of the things we do at home in the evenings:
Talk to each other, play board games, knit, read, make things, write, cook stuff for the freezer, spin, dye yarn, do stuff to support voluntary groups such as contribute to a newsletter, talk to friends on the phone, write this blog.