So has the weekday TV-free-lifestyle changed my children’s desire to watch the big black box?
No. Well, a little.
They are tolerating the electronic void very well. Now the TV is not the first thing they run to when a free moment arises, but they can definitely still get lost in pixel-land.
For example, the TV came to life on a recent Tuesday evening and the boys arrived in the family room like flies to a picnic. They sat like zombies on the couch and waited for whatever their dad was offering.
They were probably hoping for a Star Trek re-run or the latest Doctor Who episode, but they got… the Presidential debate.
The moderator faced the camera and I counted in my head, one, two, three…
But they didn’t leave. I stood behind them for the first thirty minutes and could not believe my eyes.
They were paying attention.
Who could have expected such a result from our experiment? Who would have predicted that all a parent needed to get their child interested in politics was to refuse them TV unless it was political in nature?
Andy and I stayed quiet while Grant and Sam explained things to Ian when he looked bored. Like how we couldn’t afford to go to Harry Potter World because Obama was destroying the economy…
As I watched them, I slowly
filled with pride realized that my work was done. I had accomplished my number one goal in raising my children. Andy and I have, in fact, succeeded in breeding little republicans.