The Gang

The Gang
October 2008 Sweet Potatoe Harvest

About Me

I am a busy mommy of 6, seeking to be a loving, godly helpmeet to my husband and a biblical discipler to my children. God has blessed us with a child with Autism. May the lessons that the Lord is teaching me and our family be a blessing to you and yours!

My Favorite Books

  • Bible
  • Created to be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl
  • Four-Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman
  • Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
  • Home Cheese Making by Ricki Carroll
  • Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
  • Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp
  • The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Today is the first day of a TV Fast for our family. Last year our school rule was not TV on school nights and we don't allow TV on Sunday's either. However, Thomas (our autistic son) watches TV when he needs to escape from the "stress" of living in this crazy house. So he would be allowed to watch TV as needed on weeknights which made it is struggle to keep the older kids away from it.

Phil and I decided to fully remove the TV from the living room so no one will be able to watch it. I'm excited about what this will mean for all the kids. We have only been allowing approved DVD/VHS's since we don't have satellite or cable, however, they really don't need the TV. I call it "dead head" time since it does nothing to challenge them creatively or intellectually.

I'm sure it will be challenging when the little ones are underfoot and I'm trying to get stuff done, but they will learn to play better and I will learn to include them more and use it each opportunity as a new training experience for them.


Angie said...

Good for you!
I have just been thinking along those lines as well. The sad thing is that it is more a discipline on my part. As I let the girls watch three PBS shows in the morning. Basically because I lack the discipline to make myself go to bed early enough to be able to be up before them. Now removing the TV would definitely do it.

Shirley said...

I hear you!!! It was VERY hard for me to let go this time because it is an "escape" when I'm not up early enough or when I have things to do. However, now that school has started I'm up early anyway in order to get them all out the door. Today actually went really well!! Thomas didn't ask for the TV at all! Philip was the only one that asked for a movie. Thomas spent the late afternoon, after his therapy, building with lego, that is HUGE!! For him to play and not want the TV is really a blessing to see!!