A revised version of my previous writing. Hearty thanks go to Mohammed Abu Risha and Stilo , who have helped me a lot in revising it.
Most of my colleagues, friends and family members find themselves upset if they have to give up the remote to someone else. Whenever I hear my familiy members quarrel about which TV program to watch, I feel ridiculous. Don't they have someting more worth doing?
Although a teacher of English, I alway find myself failing to grasp the meaning of the editorials or articles in the New York Times before reading them again and again with great efforts. This inability makes me in no mood for anything else aside from my English learning program. Consequently, I can hardly find time to sit in fornt of a TV set and enjoy watching the programs. Over time, TV has lost its attraction to me. When I am tired from learning or working and need some entertainment to relax,I choose to lie down in my bed with my earphones on my head instead of watching TV and the only radio program I tune in to is BBC world service broadcasting.
My husband feels luckier than his counterparts in other families. He never has to fight with me about which program to watch after dinner. But he has to fight with our daughter, a fourth grader, at weekends. My daughter is banned from TV on weekdays with an allowance of four hours' watching TV at weekends. I'd prefer her to watch exploration programs, like "Discovery" or " the Wildlife", which indeed broaden her horizon and enrich her knowledge of the world. I forbid her to watch any sitcoms about adult life for fear that the absurd affairs of adulthood might confuse her. Anyway, it is still too early for a little girl like her to peek into the adult world. Am I a dull mom to my girl? I think no. People have different goals in their lives. Mine is to improve my English, to live up to my duty as a teacher of English, and to guide my daughter in a positive direction while growing up.