I attempted to turn on the TV last night to watch the local cable access channel's live broadcast of the school board meeting.
Daughter D. was livid. "IT IS NATIONAL TURN OFF YOUR TV WEEK, MOTHER!" she shouted.
Now, this is a child who watches no TV during the week. Nothing, zippo, nada. We don't turn it on when the kids are awake during the week. They get a few shows or a movie on the weekend, but there's just no need during the week.
I tried to explain to her that:
a) Watching a school board meetings is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Excruciatingly boring TV just doesn't count. Local cable access doesn't count.
b) "Turn Off Your TV Week" is designed for people who watch 1-2 hours of TV a *day*...not those who watch 1-2 hours/week.
c) I needed to know what the school board decided for our PTA meeting, so I really did have to watch it. They have not yet started live-blogging the school board meetings.
She wasn't buying it. So I just recorded the meeting and watched it after she went to bed. What are they teaching those kids in that school?
I'm all for turning off the TV. But for a whole week? I don't really get it. Isn't it better to just dole it out in small doses and practice moderation? I really don't think that a few hours of TV a week is going to harm my kids. But I guess we won't get any this week. D. has spoken. (And let's face it, she's the one who runs the place...)