Fast-forward a year: Taylor and I were living together in a rinky-dink apartment with....yep, free cable. At this point, I was pretty sure the tv gods wanted me to get my fix of reality tv so I never questioned the free cable. Then, Katrina hit. A Very Big Deal. People lost their lives. People lost their homes. People lost confidence in the safety of coastal living. We lost our free cable.
For the next two years, Taylor and I made do watching 3 channels on a pair of rabbit ears my parents loaned us. Vanna White and Charlie Sheen became my tv buddies. I was surprised to learn that 3 channels are more than enough options. Unlike in the days of 72 channels and the constant search for the 'perfect show,' when you only have 3 channels you choose the best available show and watch it. Tv viewing simplified.
I liked having 3 channels. It fulfilled me. Then, Hen Hen was born and 3 channels became 3 channels too many.
A few things I don't like about screen time for kids:
Bad guys in movies.
That zoned-out blank look on Henry's face when he is if front of a screen.
The way Disney Channel portrays life as a teenager and preteen.
If you are watching tv, you are not playing or reading books.
Soaking up the messages of mainstream America is not the way we want to raise our kids.
So, that's that. We don't own a television. Of course, *I* get plenty of screen time because of, you know, my other career as a professional googler but that is a different post for a different day.