When we bought our house, I decided to do something special for my husband. I agreed to keep the TV that was already mounted on the wall by our kitchen table.
Yes, we have a TV in the kitchen.
Generally, I request that it be turned off during meals. However, sometimes I allow my 15-year-old daughter to watch NBC’s Today Show while we eat breakfast together.
And it’s actually a good thing. Watching the news together provides some great teaching (and learning) opportunities.
For instance, yesterday, they aired a segment on the new “Drinking Mirror” app that shows what you may look like 10 years from now if you drink too much (or reversely, how much better you’ll look if you ease up on the booze a bit).
This led to a conversation about how much alcohol consumption is appropriate on a daily basis (up to one drink for women and two drinks for men).
Other conversations this week included:
- The dangers of driving and texting
- The seriousness of climate change
These are good conversations to have.
So, I’m not going to be a absolutist about no TV at the breakfast table. (As long as it’s muted during the commercials!)