[If you find my rambling on and on about my kids dreadfully uninteresting, I hope you’ll just skip to the end and watch the video, because I’d hate to think you missed out on this delightful and very eclectic video because of all my words!]
When my children are with me, we never watch TV and only very occasionally watch a movie. They seem okay with that. Our life is pretty full, anyway, as my children are only at my house during the week and school and related things like homework fill up a lot of the time.
We have a big yard with a tire swing (thanks to my Mom and Dad). We live on a brick road with a mansion at the end, and my kids think it is great fun to race to the mansion. (Incidentally, living on a paved brick road with lots of old houses, some of them quite rundown, and a mansion at the end gives warm fuzzies to my eclectic heart.) My girls have Littlest Pet Shop toys that they can play with for hours. My boys have trees to climb (I know that sounds sexist, but, honestly, I promise you, I haven’t forbidden my boys to play with Littlest Pet Shop or my girls to climb trees and sometimes they do do those things together.) We have fabulously black oily dirt that my youngest two children love to wallow and dig in.
In general, then, my kids don’t seem to miss TV or computer. My youngest will occasionally come and beg me to let her play Typing Tutor (there’s a grocery store data entry game, and every time you type in the wrong price, the food falls splat on the floor, so it doesn’t really matter that she can’t type, and, to be honest, she doesn’t even try, because she’s having too much fun making the food fall on the ground!) or “the Map Game” (Click on All States for her favorite animated version). But, for the most part TV and computers are not a big part of our life.
One of the implications of that is that when I find a YouTube video to share with them, they love it and will usually ask to watch it several times. This past week, I found a shareable video at Ray Fowler’s blog. My kids love it so much, they have probably asked me to play it 18 times over the past few days. Right before they go to bed, they’ll say, “Can we see that video again?” I like it too and don’t mind at all. It’s pretty funny to do the math and realize that, since it is just over one minute long, that if we’ve watched it 18 times, we’ve still watched under 20 minutes of TV this week 🙂
We’ve had a lot of fun figuring out what our favorite parts are and why we like them so much–this part is cool, I like that person’s voice, the other part makes me feel good. For me, the whole thing is such a wide and wild variety of novel and interesting thing that it gives me more of those eclectic warm fuzzies every time I watch it. Bottom line, it makes us feel good when we watch it. Which is maybe scary in what it says about us, or maybe wonderful to have a feel good fix that makes all of us smile so big, is free, nontoxic, and conversation-inducing. (I’ll take the last option 🙂 )
So here’s the Hit of the Year for our TV Deprived family: