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Dennis Rainey

Communal Couch Potatoes

September 12, 2017
00:00 1:30

Life is full of decisions.  Even at a young age, this little girl is faced with a choice:  television or sleep? 

Do you realize that every time you turn on the TV, you're choosing to not do something else?  It's important to choose wisely, especially if the time you have to spend with your family is limited.

We can sit right next to our spouses or children while watching TV and end up calling it quality family time.  But normally, this is just what I call "communal couch potatoing."  Not much relating occurs while the tube does most of the talking.

One final thought.  Tonight, turn off the TV.  You could pull out some games, read a book or even take a walk.  It could be one of the most enjoyable evenings you've had in a long time.

I'm Dennis Rainey, and that's Real FamilyLife.

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Dennis Rainey is a best-selling author, dynamic speaker, and cofounder of FamilyLife®, a ministry of Cru®. Under his leadership, FamilyLife grew to help marriages and families survive and thrive in more than 109 countries. Together he and his wife, Barbara, have spoken at over 150 FamilyLife Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways and authored or co-authored more than 35 books, including best-selling Moments Together for Couples and Staying Close. He is also the original daily host of the three-time award-winning radio program FamilyLife Today®. He and Barbara have been married since 1972 and love laughing with their six children and growing number of grandchildren. The Raineys still serve with Cru. You can follow their work at

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