Sunday, May 31, 2009

Has the TV abducted your children???

Let me set the scene for you... The Soldier is walking by the TV on his way to somewhere, when it happens. Yes, he has been sucked into the television again. I don't mean bodily, I mean the kind of sucking in where you can see his eyes glaze over and he freezes in time.

This happens daily, it doesn't matter what is on the TV or where The Soldier is going, he just gets sucked into it. This morning I am fairly sure my 12 year old got sucked into the TV time warp by the Wiggles. What?!!! The Wiggles? I didn't even know they were still on the air, much less that they would fascinate The Soldier. And, it's not just him! The Princess and The Cookie Queen are far from immune, but sure enough that poor 12 year old boy just can't fight off the pull of the TV. All 4 of the kiddos are going to summer school so I kind of feel guilty about making them read or study on the weekends, because they are busy all week. It does not bother me one little bit though to put them all outside at 9 am on a Sunday morning.

So just now, I turned off the TV... the disconnection is immediate! Three little heads turned in my direction as though I had cut off their life support. I said "Good morning, it is summer, put real clothes on and go outside." So now they are sitting on the front porch surrounded by an acre of grass bitching about the fact that they have nothing to do outside. My mom would have lost her mind, we spent everyday from sun up til sun down outside during the summer, sometimes we even ate lunch out there.

So what about you, internets? Has the TV abducted your children?

1 comment:

  1. We have, occasionally, thrown all four outside and locked the door.

    And generally followed it up with a trip to the ER, because bored kids FIGHT.

    All in all, I don't control TV time, nor internet time, as long as they keep their grades up and get their chores done. Every time I've tried, I have regretted it.