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The NO TV Challenge: Think YOU Can Handle It?

Julie Heil- PHP Outreach Coordinator located in Buffalo

I am prepared for the BATTLE! My family has attempted and sometimes completed a No TV Challenge several times over the last three years that we have actually had cable television. There are lots of moans and groans for the first two days and then my two kids figure out that they have things they have forgotten about like…..

Bikes, Games, Books, Art Supplies, Pets, oh and those pesky adults in the house called PARENTS.

Really, it is amazing to me how my middle school son will be watching Spongebob when I leave the room and the next time I peak into the family room, there is some hot mess of a female on the scream holding a huge gun and killing a metal person/vehicle while screaming profanities. WHAT I scream- “mom its Megan Fox, relax” he says. “All my friends get to watch whatever they want and plus its only PG-13”. (I’m kinda stuck on the rating thing- PG-13 just means the absence of the F word- all else is fair game as demonstrated by Megan’s bodacious bod and use of weaponry while wearing a bikini)

I don’t like TV, I think it sends the wrong messages to our kids on so many levels, you have to be skinny, with perfect clothes, own the best cars and eat a ton of junk food (thinking of the commercial of the father and son standing in a beautiful wavy corn field taking about how high fructose corn syrup is natural and really good for you)  Plus, the kids in these shows talk so nasty to each other. Their dialogues are wrought with sarcasm and innuendo that children don’t understand. Oh, how I wish for the days when Dora the Explorer was the hero of our house. I loved her chubby little girl ways and mismatched clothes, her adventurous spirit and sweet Abula that gave wise advise.

I have hidden the remotes, unhinged the dish and I am ready for the fight! This week we are TV free, are you up for it?

New Year- New Attitude!

Sometime life just doesn’t seem to cooperate. Ever have a bad day or a bad week?
I found through all my adversities in life that it simply does not pay for the BAD to take over your attitude.
Sometimes it is so hard to come up with something positive but usually a good sense of humor can foil the BAD!
Simply taking a minute to unwind and find the humor in the situation will help you decide you don’t need to own the problem by maintaining the attitude! You have the choice to react to the situation in a positive way.

Maintaining a Positive Attitude:
Learn to be Thankful for the things that you have now in life. Do not focus on what you don’t have!
Learn to give and do something good for others every day!
Get rid of your negative thoughts; tell yourself positive statements every day!
Find something positive about every situation!
Start your day with a smile always. Find a reason to smile every day!
Exert more effort into becoming more positive … and remember:

Life is 20% of what happens to you…
And 80% of how you choose to live life
Jan Jones –

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