If there was a motto for moms, it would be never enough time. But if you asked Santa for a few extra hours, try this: cancel the cable. The average American watches 4+ hours of TV per day! That’s 2 months each year wasted in front of the boob-tube. Seriously, is that the best use of your time?
My family has been without TV for about 6 months (meaning someone out there watches a lot more than 4 hours a day to balance out my 0 hours). My husband misses sports, but otherwise we are totally content (and $50 per month richer). A few weeks ago an uncle asked, “if you don’t watch TV, what do you do?” I wasn’t even sure how to answer. Even without rotting my brain, I never seem to whittle away my to-do list.
Mostly I spend time with my kids. As a full-time mom to kids who aren’t in school, without any hired help, some days I spend every waking moment with my munchkins. But since we’ve been TV-free, I’ve also published a book, run a marathon and raised $2,500 for charity, wrote articles, posted 50 blog posts, sent 150 holiday cards, and completed a dossier for an International adoption (anyone who’s done that knows it’s equivalent to a master’s thesis, at least.)
So, in this new year, I challenge you: kill the Comcast. Read a book. Exercise. Write a thank-you note. Call an old friend. Or just sleep. What would you do with an extra 4 hours per day? Happy New Year to you!
P.S. you can still cheat and watch a few of your favorite shows online or movies through Amazon 😉