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Annie’s Mailbox: Ask for TV-free hour once a week

Kathy Mitchell/Arcy Sugar

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Glenn” for 18 years, and we have two teenage daughters. Three years ago, we bought a new home so we could have a larger family room.

Glenn always wanted a plasma TV, so when we moved into the new house, he bought one. The problem is, he considers it his alone. He won’t let the girls watch anything on it, saying the TV was not made for “shows like that.” He becomes angry if we watch when he’s not home. One time he went out of town on business and took the power cord with him.

When Glenn watches TV, we aren’t allowed to make any noise. Of course, when guests come over, he’s a different person. He shows off the TV and will watch whatever the guests want.

Now the girls and I watch TV in another room in the house or do other activities. It’s sad when your children think their father would rather watch his 3-year-old toy than spend time with them. What can I do to bring my family back together – other than breaking the plasma TV? – Not a Fan

Dear Not: We assume you’ve spoken to your husband about his fixation on the idiot box and pointed out that his daughters (and wife) feel neglected. Would he be willing to set aside a TV-free hour once a week where he will spend time with his family? If he refuses, you will have to accept the fact that the man is obsessed and make the best of it. We hope he’ll wake up before it’s too late.

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to anniesmailbox@ comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
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