Then & Now: The Family Home

Then & Now: The Family Home

What are your favorite childhood moments in front of the television? Do you remember as a child looking forward to sitting down with the family on Sunday evening to watch "The Wonderful World of Disney", or what about "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom"? For most the answer to this would be yes. Did your family have more than one television, or was there only a television in the family room? How many grew up without television? Now look at your home today. How many televisions are in your home? If more than one, how often does your family sit down and watch television together as a group? Unfortunately today's youth are sitting in their own rooms watching shows like "Jackass" or "Beavis and Butthead"  while mom and dad are sitting in another room watching their favorite sitcom, drama or some reality show. In a time when most homes have a minimum of two televisions and multiple other electronic devices such as computers, internet, IPads, gaming systems, and phones that can function as all of these, it is not difficult to see why the family unit is being pulled farther and farther apart. 


It is easy to blame the entertainment industry for the violence and irreverent behavior of today's youth. And, it would be difficult to argue against it with the amount of violence and vulgarity that is available every day in everything from billboards and TV commercials, to movies and video games. It seems harder and harder to find those family oriented shows that make the family gather together for an evening of bonding. However, it is possible. Companies like Comcast have developed family based channels and even packages that are focused on the family unit. They have added parent security blocks, and rating systems; things that were not around in the days of "Wild Kingdom". 

The solution to bringing families back together has to be attacked from multiple fronts. The entertainment industry, which has started addressing their issues, and the parenting aspect, and parents, must do their part as well, by using the now available tools, and monitoring the electronic devices within their home. Cut back to fewer TVs, look at the family time you enjoyed as a child and use it as a model in your home today. It is possible to have the close knit family unit of past generations with effort by all parties involved.