The TV is a family staple, normally found in the corner of a room. It has a certain draw to it, that black box that families worship. We gather around it in a ceremonial style, some even sitting crossed legged in front of it like a glorious alter. In order to respect the technology the children often whisper in hushed tones around it – a sign of reverence. Time passes whilst we are bewitched by its messages, messages that pour out many an emotion. At times it causes us to gasp and shed tears. At other times we watch stifling giggles. It can inspire, educate and entertain. Controlled by a magical zapper it has the ability to make my kids shriek at each other or giggle together. The controller is itself an object of illusion often disappearing for hours on end. The latest hiding place seems to be under cushions. The culprit is Erin hiding it from everyone else so that cbeebies stays on loop.
Talk Talk have a quiz that after answering a series of questions informs you which tribe you belong in. I belong in the Family Guy tribe which means that we watch the same shows week in week out. We have our own seats, eat dinner on our laps and behave like those on googlebox. Well some of that is true – I love googlebox, a TV programme watching people watch TV -it’s priceless! However we are not ones for eating dinner on our laps! I make sure we eat at the table with no phones or tablets. To find out your tribe you can take the quiz.
In reality I have two favourite TV moments. I love watching British dramas like Broadchurch with the husband. Most nights I am found blogging and on social media so when a good drama is on I switch off, grab a bottle of Rose and and more often than not sit under my heated blanket. My heated blanket is one of my luxuries. On a normal night I sit on a different sofa to Lee but for a drama I even switch sofa! It is a bit of us time. We like to see if we can work out the twists and turns.
Saturday night is my other favourite. Lee often goes out to play snooker and it is just me and the children. We put Erin to bed and I have some quality time with the older two. We watch Saturday Night Takeaway which the children laugh at the whole way through. They join in the games and love being active watchers. It promotes good discussion between us which I love. Next up is normally the cube and the children will re-enact the games or try to join in. Chloe and Dyl are more than a little bit competitive which makes for a fun evening. I would love to be able to enter the cube as a family – we would have so much fun. Infact I would love to be on a show and surprise the children. Something like tipping point would be fun. We definitely like quiz shows, although the teen is a soap addict!
If I am on my own I choose documentaries then tell myself I am researching and working- everyone knows a quality sociology teacher just watches TV with their students all day!
This is my entry into Tots100 and Talk Talk competition to win a TV and YouView Box. You can see the comp here.