I’ve written about the kitchen heart several times. In fact, the Your Child’s Food 1 Year challenge is geared at revitalizing the kitchen heart. But where has the heart gone, if it is not in the kitchen anymore?
For many, the kitchen heart has been replaced by mechanical television heart. It is a poor substitution. Its soul is defined by others, often advertisers more instead in their bottom line than your child’s health or happiness. But you can return the kitchen heart without banishing your television from your house.
The secret is to be deliberate about your television usage. Limit it, and choose not only when you are watching, but when you are watching. This may be hard for you if your family often watches dinner in front of the television. But putting the television back in its proper place will free both your time and money to put towards a better cause – the family meal.
The first step I took was to get rid of the cable. All those channels with nothing to watch seemed like a waste to me. So we got rid of our cable. The television has stayed of for over a month at a time in this household. But we can’t keep our children in a vacuum, so I get my television from other sources, and I choose a few times a month to watch it – after dinner or before breakfast every now and then.
There are three good sources for getting videos – Netflix (both by mail and on demand), Amazon On Demand, and Hulu. With Hulu, you do have some commercials, but you can get many of the new shows as soon as they come out.
The best thing about all these solutions is that you can use them on your terms. You pick the shows, and you pick the times. You don’t just come home and flip on the television to see what is on. You will find this give you family time back, time to talk with your family.
Have you tamed your television? How have you done it?