Our whole family loves watching Star Trek episodes together. We have a common
"nerd" bond, parents and kids alike. We laugh (a little self
consciously) at how well we know the episodes and characters. Just yesterday our
daughter mentioned that our stake president looked kind of like Data,
couldn't help but chuckle at that. She was right.
Translation? How Parents can waste their lives watching TV like
their kids and not feel as guilty about it.Get off your lazy butts
and actually "do" something that requires some verbal interaction with
your kids.They will thank you for it later.
I think that the time estimate for binge-watching "The West Wing" is
probably a little bit short, given the experience my wife and I recently had
watching the entire "West Wing" series over the course of about four
months.@The Final WordEveryone's situation is different,
as are the reasons that they make the choices they do. In our case, we are
"temporarily empty-nesters"; our only son is out of the country for six
more months of a two-year stint We both are quite busy during the day, and
after dinner and taking care of a few things around the house together, we both
feel the need to take some time to "unplug and unwind". We chose to
start watching "West Wing" episodes together, and both find them
"addicting", so sometimes we would watch 3-4 episodes at a time, though
most of the time we only watched one or two. Most nights we would discuss
different aspects of the plot themes, specifically regarding their relevance to
current events. Some nights we wouldn't watch at all, but would take walks
or do other things together to "unplug and unwind". Are we irredeemably
Ps We also hike, do music, participate in festivals as vendors selling our own
handmade goods, we read a lot., etc. I second what SGinSLC said. At
the end of the day it's great to unwind in front of an interesting show.
There are almost always follow up conversations about the issues portrayed in
the shows. And sometimes we just want to laugh.
We ditched cable months ago cause I was watching it to much at night. It was my
call to cancel it. Wife was a little miffed. But, it's been a huge
blessing. We have Apple TV and antenna. That's enough. I kind of think this
will be a huge trend as money tightens up for most, and our time value changes.
When we splurg, we like longmire.