“By Day Three, my four-year-old needed a cartoon and she needed it bad.”
So writes one mom who talked (cajoled? wheedled? pressured?) her family into turning off television (and other media, too) for an entire week.
Mother of two Karen Linamen says her family’s TV-free week was filled with sobering discoveries. She describes a conversation in which she asked her cartoon-starved four-year-old if she’d rather watch TV or do something fun like wrestle with her dad or do a puzzle with her mom. Her daughter’s answer to both questions? “Watch TV.”
Linamen writes, “The kid was scaring me. Actually, what was scaring me was seeing how deeply television had infiltrated our lives.”
This mom isn’t alone. Half of all Americans think they watch too much TV, and 7 out of 10 parents say they’d like to limit how much TV their kids watch. And during National Turn Off TV Week–held this year from April 17 – 23–these individuals and families are finding the support they need to take action and embrace an entire week of tubeless living.
National Turn Off TV Week is sponsored by TV Free America, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to raise awareness about the harmful effects of excessive television-watching, and to encourage Americans to reduce the amount of television that they watch.
And there are certainly plenty of reasons to do so.