My family watches oodles of TV – and I’m cool with that


Andrew Daddo and his wife don’t allow their children to watch TV. I am utterly baffled about this.

Not in a judgmental way, I should clarify. I’m coming from a completely awestruck place of admiration towards Andrew Daddo and his family over their ‘no TV during the week’ policy.


Because, honestly? Without TV in our lives every single day, our family simply would not function.

We need the respite of television to get through the day and I’m pretty sure that without it, the wheels would fall off.

It would be near impossible, for instance, for me to prepare dinner each night, if not for the 20-minutes of calm offered by an episode of Sofia the First.

Our girls, aged two and four, sit quietly and happily watching their favourite cartoon while I slice, dice and sauté the family meal. Sometimes the TV is just ‘on’ in the background while they play and romp about the lounge, but the outcome is the same: two small children who are entertained and occupied while I create dinner in peace.

I often wonder: how do non-TV families do it?

How do they get things done – things that are easier without little fingers in the mix, like chopping veggies with a sharp knife ¬– without the benefit of televised entertainment?

Daddo admits that it’s hard to enforce. But he also says that before, when the telly on more regularly, “nothing happened. They (the kids) weren’t interested or interesting, just numb. Then, once the boob tube went off, the kids didn’t want to do anything.”

Our experience has been quite different to his. After all, watching television is part of our family’s everyday experience, but it’s not all of it.

In an average day, we also paint and draw, play hide and seek, paint our nails, have tea parties, play with toys and ride scooters around the kitchen.

So, I’m glad that Daddo’s policy works for him and his. But I have to say, I’m pretty happy with out current ‘TV aplenty’ arrangement. We have no plans to tweak it any time soon.

If we did, I’d never get another load of washing on the line.