Trying to find a good response (both in person and online) to the following situation.
Background: We don't currently own a TV. No cable. DH and I sometimes watch PBS at night by using a tuner attached to the computer monitor. Kids are allowed 1 DVD per week, after church on Sundays, provided chores are done and church behavior was acceptable. Exceptions are made for people home sick or extended bouts of bad weather. But no commercial TV at all (pretty much for any of us).
So I have had many conversations that go like this:
Other person: Did you see show x?
Me: No, we don't really watch TV
Other person: How are your kids with that?
Me: Fine, because they never really have watched TV
In many cases (particularly on line, but sometimes in person as well) Other Person then decides that I am being a snob, that I am making a comment on their parenting, that I am being judgemental, that my children will be too sheltered, that they will 'go crazy' in high school from being so restricted, etc. etc. etc. "What an Interesting Assumption" seems a perfect response.
What I don't understand is: why the reaction? I mean if I say "We don't ski" or even "We're not big football fans" people take it in stride. But for some reason the statement "We don't watch TV" is akin to saying "We are cannibalistic satan worshippers who are trying to lure you into their cult". Very wierd.