It was tough, but I bit the bullet and downgraded our cable service today. The kids did not take it well at all, but we are hoping this will benefit our family more than just monetarily.
About a half hour ago, we drastically reduced our cable from an old “Family Package” of $65-plus-change-a-month down to the increasingly popular “Economy” package for $34.95. (Not to mention that we pay for cable boxes and remotes which increases that price per month!) We’re going to save about $30 a month — not a whole lot, but better than nothing. However, OMG, my 12- and 13-year-old kids are not taking the news well. Cutting down the cable is a double-edged sword–I feel like a good mom for doing it, but I also feel like a bad mom for doing it. My 12-year-old son cried because he will no longer be able to see one of his favorite shows (a wrestling show, which I despise, because it’s violent and loud!!), and my daughter can’t see her show, MTV’s “Teen Wolf” on the big screen (and that show is becoming increasingly, um…weird!). My son said that $81 a month (which is what it totaled with everything added up) was cheap! I thought maybe, just maybe, I should have waited for summertime to be over and for school to start, but I heard my son mimicking some dumb wrestling yell, and I had it with television!
An hour later, my daughter is not talking to me and my son is rebounding for the moment by reading some magazine and inserting contacts on his inexpensive Tracfone. I know there will be lots of positive things that come out of this cable-cutting, as this mom describes in her blog, The Butterfly Movement, on cutting cable.
One of the reasons we were moved to cut back on cable was because we witnessed the kids watching more and more tv on the computer, anyhow! So, it’s a no-brainer!
Okay, so now, my kids are on the way to hang out at the park. Probably to complain about their awful parents who cut cable! But I’m hoping they will thank us in the future.
Update: Later the same evening….okay, my kids are taking it much better.We had a lovely family evening together. My daughter found her beloved tv show online (full episodes) for free and she’s back to her darling self. My son, well, he’ll deal with it fine because he’s a boy minus all the drama (no pun intended).