Sunday, September 26, 2010

I have no idea why I do this to myself

As you know I have a love/hate relationship with the television as far as the kids are concerned.  If I had the patience and tolerance, I wouldn't even have a television available to the kids.  They don't need to be watching it and although it does have some redeeming value, I still wish it wasn't part of what they know as a normal thing to do.  BUT, since I'm selfish sometimes and busy and tired and want quiet without any effort on my part, the television is part of what they know as a normal thing to do.  Not everyday, certainly not for hours and hours, but it's part of normal.

A few times a month I impose this horrible thing upon myself and declare it a NO TV day.  It's kind of like going to the gym whereas at the end of the day I'm so so glad I did it but the during part is notsofun. Drew and William are starting to do separate things rather than always playing and doing activities together and that's nice, they have figured out how to give themselves breaks from each other.  He'll go to his room and she'll go to hers...  it usually lasts about 30 minutes at most but that's a nice thing to witness.  The rest of the day we play games together, they do things together in the backyard, whatever.  I make it clear that I am not their social director but it really does require a lot of more of me on those days. 

Soooo, today is one of those days.  It's NO TV Sunday.  Right now the kids have set up an obstacle course with the two hassocks and all the pillows from all the couches.  It's taken me 5 years to see fun rather than a mess in something like this.  After the fun has been had and the fighting starts - I give it less than an hour - we'll be off to do big Costco shopping.  That'll suck up an hour an a half of our day which is awesome.  Then we'll come home for another short period of time of mess fun before the fighting begins again. 

I can't promise an injury-free day or a yell-free day but I can promise that the tv will not be turned on.  At least not until eight zero zero tonight when they finally go to bed.

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  1. yesterday, nickelodeon actually went off the air from 12-3p. it was national play outside day or something like that. reminded me of you. :)

  2. Thanks, Anne! And Katrina, I saw that! Great idea and the kids heard Mrs. Obama explain it so they thought it was a really big deal.


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