I’m a little concerned that Anders is watching too much television lately. Mostly because at the breakfast table this morning I had a conversation with him entirely in quotes from Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and lines from toy advertisements.
To combat this, I’ve instituted a television light weekend. This consists of only watching one television show episode before dinner, and otherwise ensuring the tv remains off. We aren’t even allowed to turn it on for background noise which is typical of our day to day and I’m not going to lie. The morning was brutal.
At first Anders and Danica were upset that they were going to miss out on their Saturday morning cartoons and, since it was raining here today, playing outside as an alternative was not an option. So, with vegging out in front of a screen off the table, I asked Anders what he wanted to do and, to my surprise, he suggested the museum.
We are lucky enough to live within driving distance of half a dozen of them. There are a couple that our family frequents regularly, but today we decided to try one we’ve never visited before. It is a natural history museum which goes along perfectly with the nature-loving, Zoobook-reading stage that Anders is currently in. That also meant there were lots of live and taxidermied animals to check out which goes along great with the book I’m reading right now.
This museum also came with the added bonus of a 3-D movie theater where we enjoyed watching a short film on dinosaurs. It was fun to see them so excited about science, something I am immersed in as a researcher, and to tuck them into bed tonight knowing we did more than rot in front of a screen all day.
I think television free (or at least reduced) weekends are here to stay.