My husband and I made the decision to cancel our cable TV about 6 months ago and it was one of the best things we have ever done. When we express to people that we no longer have cable, we get the same response nearly every time “I could not live without cable TV.” We say, “You cannot call sitting in front of a talking box for 6+ hours a day LIVING.” In the last 6 months, my husband and I have reconnected in many ways, our family as a whole has become more united, and our house is more alive than it has ever been. When we had cable, a typical day consisted of:
Myself: During the day I would watch several hours of Keeping up with the Kardashians, Teen Mom, Talk Shows, pretty much any reality show on TV at the time.
My husband: He would get home from work each day, flop on the couch and stare at the TV until bedtime, taking a break only to have dinner and even then the TV was usually on in the background.
My 2 year old: He had just recently got to where he was interested in watching cartoons, but we already saw a trend of him wanting to watch more and more…we were just not ok with that.
When we had family over, the TV was always on it made the house loud and very hard to carry on a conversation and truly spend quality time together.
Now without cable, I feel like my “creative and active” side of my brain works again. I get out with the kids at least 3 times a week and take them to the bounce houses, indoor trampoline parks, story time at the library, anything we hear about we get out and do. My husband comes home from work and we actually talk about our days, sharing the highs and lows. We take our kids to the park and we do a 3+ mile family walk every night. At first, we felt like something was missing so we would put in a movie from time to time and watch it together, but now we have gotten to the point that we do not have the patience to just sit in front of the TV. It has made such a positive impact on our lives that I often share the decision with other moms I hear complaining about their husbands not interacting with the kids enough or how they never talk to each other and they feel as if their marriage is suffering. Cable is such an unnecessary distraction and I am glad I do not have to deal with it anymore; plus we save about $70 a month.
I would love to hear some of your comments about cable TV and the idea of removing it from our lives.