Two weeks without television
The transition from TV to no TV has gone more smoothly than I imagined. It's been about 2 1/2 weeks now, and none of us is feeling any pain.
Red Chief has gone from asking where the TV went to informing people that we don't need one. We've replaced the after-lunch movie ritual with one that's much more enjoyable: reading a chapter from a book together. We just finished The House at Pooh Corner and have started Little House in the Big Woods. I'm constantly surprised by how much he understands and how much he enjoys these books.
He's also started reading more by himself--looking at his favorite books and talking about what happens in them. He also brings me books to read to him. Formerly, we read only before his nap and bedtime. Now, I never know when he'll want a reading session--and I'm happy to comply if I'm not working on something important.
I thought we'd be relying on the computer to play DVDs a lot more than we have. It's nice to be able to still watch a movie as a family on the computer, but for the most part, I think our DVDs are going to be getting a lot less use in the future.