Today was the first day of school, and I am attempting to start off on the right foot. No TV for the kids, but none for me, either. I actually ate dinner with them and had devotions. They are downstairs playing Fluxx while I take my bath, and then I am going to read them the first chapter of "How to Eat Fried Worms". I even exercised for 30 minutes before work this morning.
So far everything is going smoothly. I have eliminated everything but the basics from our evening routine. Once they start getting homework and we get into a groove with that, then I may add activities like computer time or visits from friends. TV will continue to be off-limits, however. I have nothing against TV, but the noise from three different sets makes me feel like I am losing control of the household. It is strange for me to even type that because I normally can't stand silence; it causes me to think too much which makes me sad. As much as I hate to admit it, I can't focus with the TV on the way I used to as a teenager. Hopefully, this TV-free time will cause me to pick up other activities that I have abandoned, like reading or knitting.