Archive for November 3, 2008

NO TV?

Posted in Random Thoughts on November 3, 2008 by mboyle1959

I know, I’m a strength coach but, the cool thing about a blog is that you can write whatever you want. My father was a high school principal (coincidentally, so was Mark Verstegan’s) so education is important. I’m also a parent ( 3 and 9) and can get lazy like the rest of us. Last spring I met a very nice woman on a flight to the west coast. She mentioned her kids and I asked the requisite questions about ages etc. It turned out she had lost her husband a few years previous yet all three of her kids had ended up at Ivy League schools. I was so impressed with her ability to keep it together under such trying circumstances that I asked her what her “secret” was. She thought for a moment and said “no TV during the week, weekends only”.

I was a bit embarrassed. I know my kids watch too much TV. I also know my daughter does well in school but, not as well as I would like. Recently, my wife and I took the plunge. No TV Monday through Thursday. Grades are up and family time is better.

As a sidenote, todays paper had a piece about a study in the November issue of Pediatrics magazine.
The study stated ” research suggests that pregnancy rates are much higher among teens who watch a lot of TV with sexual dialogue and behavior compared to those with tamer viewing tastes”. Better grades and less teen pregnancy? Turn that TV off. When it’s on, know what’s on.