'TV is Trash' Says Former Material Girl Madonna; 'Trash Your TV' Agrees Former Homeless Mother

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When two such different moms of such divergent backgrounds agree, it is time to pay attention. Madonna and Ms. Westphal have both realized something important: Children do better without a TV.

Madonna raised some eyebrows with her recent interview when she claimed that she does not allow her two children, Lourdes and Rocco, to watch TV. "We have TVs but they're not hooked up to anything but movies. TV is trash. I was raised without it. I didn't miss anything. TV is poison."

Katherine Westphal has never met the Material Girl. Yet, she wholeheartedly agrees with Madonna that "TV is trash". Ms. Westphal got rid of the family TV two years ago after a harrowing experience being homeless. Not having access to a TV at that time, she slowly realized that the kids behaved better without it. She got rid of it and never looked back. She felt so strongly about her decision that she created a website, TrashYourTV.com. The site not only highlights the problems with TV, but shows how much better life can be without it.

When two such different moms of such divergent backgrounds agree, it is time to pay attention. The two moms have both realized something important: Children do better without a TV.

One can only speculate why Madonna has forbidden TV in her house. Maybe she realizes that watching too much TV can contribute to obesity. Maybe she does not want her children to witness 18,000 TV murders before they turn 18, or 200,000 acts of violence. Maybe she does not want her kids to watch 40,000 commercials per year for junk food and other useless junk. Maybe she is concerned about the study that showed TV watching caused attention problems in children. Or maybe she simply dislikes the zombie look kids get when they are plugged into the tube.

These are some of the reasons listed by Ms. Westphal on her TV trashing website. “People just don’t realize the impact of watching four hours a day, the national average. It’s not good for your mind or your body. Look at your children’s eyes when they are watching TV. You don’t need a study to tell you that zombie look isn’t healthy," she explains.

"Furthermore, many people have the impression that their kids are missing something if they don’t have a TV. Nothing could be further from the truth. When they are watching TV, they are actually missing quality family time, playing with friends, reading, and physical activity."

"I don’t think Madonna and I have much in common," says Ms. Westphal. "Possibly the only thing we have in common is that we don’t allow our kids to watch TV. That and a big stubborn streak maybe," she says laughing. "Neither of us is an ideal mom. But I know I made the best decision of my parenting career when I got rid of the family TV. Madonna did too. I agree with Madonna: TV is trash."

For more information about living a TV free lifestyle visit http://www.trashyourtv.com.

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