Will your kids LET YOU turn off the TV?

Entertainment_center_light_lg_clr April 20-26  is TV Turn Off Week.  That's next week! Why would anyone suggest such a thing?  Perhaps it's a good idea (every now and then) so that the "habit" of watching TV can be examined.  Maybe it can stimulate some new ways of being entertained.  But taking a week off, could be quite a challenge.  Can you and your kids get along without TV for a week?

Following are some surprising statistics about TV watching?

• Number of 30-second commercials seen in a year by an average child: 20,000
• Number of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful   conversation with their children: 38.5 minutes
• Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,680 minutes
• Percentage of children ages 6-17 who have TV's in their bedrooms: 50% of kids 
• Percentage of day care centers that use TV during a typical day: 70% of day care centers 
• Hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900 hours
• Hours per year the average American youth watches television: 1500 hours
• Percentage of Americans that regularly watch television while eating dinner: 66 %

Since TV is such an integral part of many households, kids are likely to see it as "right"–not a privilege –or even an option.  Unchallenged kids might often choose TV over almost any other activity.  And busy parents sometimes must use the distraction to get some of the household tasks out of the way without kids underfoot. 

But there are drawbacks to TV as the main entertainment source.  To get more info about TV Turn Off Week (and get some great suggestions about what else you can do after you turn the TV off) visit  TV TURN-OFF Week   Let's see…Can you do it???  YES, YOU CAN!!!  It can become a family project–get everyone's input and see what you come up with, together!

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