Do you watch too much TV? My kids and I were talking about this last night. We tend to watch a lot of sports, some news, in the evenings between some working projects and phone calls. As we discussed it, it became clear to me that their only experience of Mom and Dad is that we are generally “at home,” dinner-izing, cleaning up, helping with any school needs they might have (less and less, since they now do work we have forgotten how to do), making calls, perhaps a study or counseling appointment on a Thur eve here and there, plus midweek. They do see us “going out” with disciples and with outreach on Fri/Sat/Sun, but weeknights we tend to look like homebodies.
But when you are raising a family, you have to be “at home.” So the question is, what do you do at home? Some of us are game-players. Some love to read. Others like TV/movies.
I think it’s easy to “pick on ” television. It’s an easy target. But if you watch good programming–good drama (good v. evil), news, yes some PBS, etc.–it’s just as educational and inspiring as people spending hours listening to the radio in my parents’ generation. What you watch matters. Otherwise, we might as well say, “you read too much at home,” or “you cook too much,” or “you listen to the radio too much,” or “you sew too much.”
Perhaps I blog too much.