Family Movie Night

November 19th, 2012

I don’t actually hate television, although my posts on the subject may occasionally cause it to seem that way.

I do believe in my soul that TV isn’t good for my kids.  But then again, neither is sugar, and I did let them eat their Halloween haul.

My goal is to be intentional about the time we spend watching TV.  I don’t want to park my kids in front of a mind-numbing cartoon involving oddly-shaped aquatic life (sorry, Sponge Bob) just because the children are whining at me or because I’m tired that day.  Those aren’t good enough reasons.

Family togetherness, on the other hand, is a good reason to me.  Now that Buggie is two and allowed to watch a bit of TV* we’ve instituted Family Movie Night.  On Saturdays, we eat pizza and watch part of a movie together as a family.  The kids take turns picking the movie and we usually watch between 45 minutes and an hour.

That’s it.

(I do freely admit that we spend some additional time in front of the computer each week.  My kids don’t do computer games, but they love to watch home videos, Jacquie Lawson e-cards, and Christian music videos.  I usually let them watch about 5 minutes each morning while I do Miss Mouse’s hair, and sometimes another few with Josh while I’m finishing up dinner.)

But overall, Saturday Night Movie Night is our main screen consumption.  The routine has quickly become a favorite part of the week for the kiddos.  In order to streamline the process, I went on a calzone-making frenzy a few weeks ago and baked and froze enough to see us through the next month or so.

Our Saturdays can get pretty wild and woolly so it’s nice to know there’s a routine and a home-made calzone waiting at the end of the day.

*Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under two watch NO television?  Not “limited TV.”  Zero.  Scary, huh?

3 responses to “Family Movie Night”

  1. G'Mom says:

    So – did “Buggie” pick Toy Story last week? And if so, did he like it?

  2. […] fault was mine.  I admit it.  I broke the number one rule of intentional television consumption: know what you’re […]

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