It has now been exactly 20 days since we took away the TV on the week days. No one even asks. If they do and they are insistant I allow them 30 minutes. It’s amazing how picky they can be when they know they are only allowed one show. That is their entire screen time for the day. Most choose 30 minutes on the computer instead. No one has asked to play the Wii. Maybe they forgot we have two of them. shrug. We watch TV on Saturdays but I’m the only one that watches it for hours and hours. This past Saturday it started feeling like a chore catching up on my shows. We are also watching TV on Sunday but not until after 7pm. That’s when Dave and I watch our shows that we both love.
Has our home been a haven of peace without the TV? Hardly! Actually there has been so much fighting I think I have come close to going insane. I guess they just aren’t as used to being in each other’s space as much. Our house is relatively small for as many children we have and I used screens to gain peace a lot. Thank goodness for the good weather because there has been a lot more bike riding, playing outside and trampoline games. Though they have now busted out 3 springs on the trampoline. I think it’s on its way out.
Have I become super duper organized and have a clean house? Nope. I find I retreat to my room still and read a book instead of TV. All that needs to be done is just so overwhelming! I started two or three projects and have yet to finish one. We have soooooo much laundry. I have given a lot of it away but there is always more to do. I think I will have to do 6-8 loads a day this week and even with that I worry I won’t ever catch up. The kids do their jobs every day so the house stays somewhat liveable, but the rest of the day they spend making it messy. Dishes get left everywhere even though I’m constantly asking them to stay in the kitchen. We don’t have set times for meals because we don’t all fit in the kitchen at the same time. I am still trying to figure out what to do about this. We still talk about moving on a daily basis. The layout of this home just doesn’t work for us. But that would require selling this home which feels next to impossible. With the market as slow as it is, our house would have to look like a showroom to sell for the price we need it to. In the mean time we are paying off our mortgage as fast as we can which makes the amount we need to sell it for easier to attain. We paid off $8,000 since we were looking at selling last year. There’s hope! But we just don’t know about selling and then going into even more debt. What to do…what to do.