Monday, August 16, 2010

Goodbye Netflix

A few nights ago I was saying my evening prayer and I asked Heavenly Father to help me figure out how to be a better mom. (careful what you ask for! :)) Almost immediately I got the distinct direction to cancel netflix. I knew that this would be a beneficial thing for my family, but I also knew it would be hard!

When the kids are going crazy or I'm trying to get something done, I put on a netflix show for them. I figured it was better than tv because there are no nasty commercials, and I have exact choice about what they watch. But lately it's been on a lot during the day. So having it gone will definitely get me to interact and "be there" with my kids more. A very good thing.

But I love netflix! When Jeff's working his crazy hours and I dread going to bed by myself again, I watch a movie. And when I need a laugh, I watch an episode of 30 Rock! :) I was surprised at how hard this was to do. Cancelling netflix is easy, but getting myself to do it was a chore! It's been a few days and I just barely canceled it now. Better late than never, I guess. I kept trying to rationalize it-- "maybe I can get a limited plan so we can't go overboard! maybe I can just get enough will power to leave it off!" etc, etc, etc.

But I knew what Heavenly Father told me-- to cancel it completely. So I did. I'm glad that I did, but also a little nervous about the next time the kids are going crazy.

Wish me luck!

5 comments:

Jenni Evans Black said...

Good luck to you! I know you can do it. I am in the same boat. I have put on way to many VHS movies! I am so happy when I don't put any on and that is my goal a day. It's a new balancing act, you can do it!
Hey, and for advice on going to bed alone with nothing to do...I really liked borrowing from the library "The Power of Positive Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peale...

Kestrel said...

Oh my Hannibal you are brave.

I don't know. On the one hand we don't have TV, so Netflix is like the only way we can watch movies (Blockbuster is kind of a pain and often doesn't have what we want.) On the other hand, we have become a LOT lazier since Instant Netflix for our Wii arrived. On the other other hand, I love it. And Toby doesn't watch Netflix often, he watches DVDs. Nate and I are the ones who have trouble limiting.

Decisions decisions.

I just inherited this huge TV (like, a 60 inch screen enormous big screen freakish monster) and I don't know if I want it or not. I do on the one hand but...

Argh! Being a grownup is a pain.

Natalie said...

Wow, Bethany! Good for you! I know you can make it! :)

debrajo said...

It takes courage to follow promptings like that. Way to be! Maybe you can replace that movie time with something else you guys like to do that's interactive, like going to the park, or swimming, or going to the zoo...although I don't think a daily zoo trip is practical, lol, but you know what I mean. Make a daily tradition of something else. Good luck!!!

The Hatch Family said...

You are amazing. I think less TV is great. Brave, wonderful woman!