I love my friends and relatives who have television. When we visit with them, our relatives would not feel alienated or uncomfortable turning their TV on. But most of the time, we are more engaged in talking and catching up. Cousins talk, too. In my home, a TV is an expense we have not prioritize buying since sixteen years ago. Having a full house with children compensates for entertainment and activities involving everyone in my family, including babies (currently grandchildren). So, we never miss a TV in the house. Books have occupied our bookshelves. We read them a lot. With the internet, we watch YouTube for research, DIY building tips and sciences (my son's interest) and music and writing websites (daughter)-- after homeschool hours. We live in the country, so, the children are pretty much occupied connecting with nature, outdoors. On Fridays, it's movie/video nights with the younger ones; while our two sons, highschoolers are in town, (45 mins away), at our church's youth group after school.