It seems like getting the kids ready for school, church, playgroups, outings, whatever is getting harder and harder. I have noticed recently that my children absolutely LOVE to ignore me and my requests to do anything. Not knowing what the problem was, I didn’t know what to fix. However, I did find a piece of the puzzle on Sunday and surprisingly, it was one that I knew all along.
On Sunday, I started wondering how we were going to whittle away the day before church started (Yep, the dreaded 1:00 time block.) I will usually pop in a Disney video or one of our two “Living Scripture” things and let the kids enjoy it while I get ready and get things accomplished. However, this past Sunday, I decided to keep the TV off.
I know.. I am a terrible parent. I let me kids watch TV on Sundays. Oh, yeah, that is said in an extremely sarcastic tone if you didn’t already guess.
But, I digress. Sunday, I decided to keep the TV off and just let the chips fall where they may. You know what, they fell in a pretty decent order. Nena spent the morning quietly playing in her room and reading books. Bear put together about a dozen puzzles and Toad just sat by my side and chattered away. We pulled out the Christmas decorations and discussed where we wanted to put them. We played several rounds of crazy eights and listened to a Kurt Bestor Christmas. It was SO calm and SO peaceful. I couldn’t believe it.
Moving on to getting ready for church, it went so smoothly. The kiddos dressed themselves without me getting cross and we were even about 5 minutes early to church. I am sure that the entire ward was knocked into complete shock with our early arrival to our usual place on the very back row.
After church went the same. We took a short drive, ate dinner at my parents and made it home without incident. The kids got into their pajamas and brushed their teeth without being asked and went to bed without complaints.
NOW…. I know that TV is not the only culprit. I am sure that there are a lot of things that went into play to make our day go better but, I will tell you, it made an enormous difference. Since then (ok the past 4 days) the tv has stayed off. We have only had it on for a moment to watch a 1/2 hour Christmas special last night but, that is it. I have loved the feeling in my home. I have loved that my children are calm and happy. I love that it is peaceful and so many arguments are avoided (well, in theory Toad kept kicking Bear today but…..)
Most of all I love that my children haven’t seemed to even notice that we have turned the TV off. They don’t even ask about it. I think that I may just make this a permanent change!