In an effort to:
- Save a bit of money
- Spend more quality family time together
- Enjoy the outdoors more
My family has decided to cancel our cable. It’s an experiment for the summer (at least for now). Just cancelling our cable seems…so….permanent. That is why we are trying this three month trial period.
I don’t think tv is inherently bad. Actually I would have an incredibly difficult job thinking I could replace all these creative age-appropriate educational shows with other activities, so I already anticipate getting basic cable when the school season starts.
My preschoolers (ages 4 & 3) enjoy PBS Kids in the mornings (The Cat in the Hat and Sid The Science Kid are their favorites). The tv is on throughout the morning while they have creative play time, mostly as background noise. But I also see they learn and get ideas from various shows as they play pirates defending themselves on the stairs from the crocodile below, use paper rolls as telescopes as they gaze out the window towards the sky, and sing their favorite songs as we’re driving along.
I also realize that if I want to enjoy more activities and adventures throughout the summer, I can’t add any more hours to the day, but I can be intentional about the activities I choose. I want to enjoy an endless summer, where the days seem longer and the nights are met with sound sleep. I remember those from when I was younger.
Already, day 1 without cable, I can tell this transition might not be the easiest. My kids thrive better when they’re on a regular schedule, and I’ve just disrupted their normal schedule. I usually turn off the tv at 11:00 am (after Sesame Street is over), and let them pick one show to watch right before nap-time as a way to let them quiet down. Today, I had them read books instead. Although they both love books (and look forward to our weekly trip to the library), they were both upset when I told them no tv today. Melt-downs happened, they got an earlier naptime, and hopefully tomorrow will go smoother.
Over the next few days, I will be working on creating a new summer schedule with the kids. I plan to implement some homeschooling, plan some field trips to take (perhaps 1 each week), and schedule fun time at parks and beaches. I want them to be involved and help pick some of their favorite activities to do. Mostly I just want to allow lots of creative play, time to explore, and have fun being kids.
What fun activities do you have planned with your children for the summer?