No Cable At Home

Since moving to our house 9 years ago, we have never subscribed to cable services and because of this, we only turn on our television selectively during the week. Through the years, I realized that there are several pros and cons of not having cable connection at home.

I’m listing out the cons.

> We don’t get to open our television most part of the day, sometimes, days would pass by without us opening it at all.

> My family, especially my kids don’t know the latest songs, shows or personalities.

And here are the pros.

> We don’t spend much of our time watching TV shows. We talk, interact and do things together instead.

> Instead of paying for our cable subscription, we can use the money elsewhere.

> We get to choose which movie or TV show we want to watch. We don’t feed our eyes, minds and thoughts with shows and commercials we don’t approve of.

I definitely think that not having a cable has hepled us as a family. But don’t get me wrong, we allow the kids to watch the news so that they will have an idea what is happening in the world around us. I also show them the latest fashion trends and music, but with parental supervision now.

One day, when my kids grow up, I pray that they will also make wise decisions and choose what would please the Lord the most.

Good TV Watching Habits

By this time, most of the kids are enjoying their summer vacation. Spending time traveling, playing, doodling, watching or doing some sports activities. While it is okay for the kids to relax and enjoy the break, as parents, we should be aware at what they are doing. Whenever the kids are at home and watches TV programs or movies, how do we monitor what they watch or how long they watch?

For our family,  we set guidelines for the kids which teach them to become responsible. We tell them why the guidelines are there and what are the consequences if they break the guidelines. It helps them to become responsible and they learn to set boundaries on themselves. Of course, I still have to remind them from time to time but it is amazing how a good habit starts to develop when you are firm in the beginning.

Some good TV watching guidelines could be:

– Set a time limit on how long they can watch TV shows or movies each day. During regular days, my limit is one hour of movie or TV program each day.

– Set movie dates together. Instead of  allowing them to watch movies alone, make it a family bonding time where you can share a special moment with the kids and discuss the movie afterwards.

– Choose which appropriate TV programs they should watch. Whatever the kids watch, their young minds would absorb. If we feed them trash, definitely, trash will come out.

 

It would be better to start developing the good habits early. You don’t have to wait until your kids are 7! Good habits can easily be developed while they are young. We  just need to be consistent.

If you have any other tips in mind, I would love to hear from you!

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Our TV

We have been staying here at our house in Sta Rosa Laguna for the past 5 and a half years. We have not subscribed to any local cable providers since. Instead, we opted to use the antennae for our TV signal connection. We didn’t want our kids to grow up with constant cartoons on the TV and to be watching so much TV in one day. We wanted them to be “readers” rather than watchers of cartoons, cable shows or be couch potatoes.

But there are days that I am thinking of subscribing to cable providers. Our antennae connection at the back of our TV is now loose and hubby is not “hands-on” when it comes to fixing things in the house. There are days that the reception is not too clear too. Our TV is also 10 years old now, and I wonder if we are still using S-Video technology on it. The cables for S-Video are now quite difficult to find since the newer TV sets are using DVI cable and technology.
I just don’t think we are ready to pay for any additional monthly expense for cable connection though so hopefully, our antennae would still work for the next months and years.