Kids today lack imagination, stamina, and fitness. Mine included.
Yes, the Boy can lap me at the track and the Teen is quite creative when it comes to completing her chores, but let a squirrel eat through the cable connection (it has happened twice), or a fuse trip, and my children lose their blankety blank mind.
When I was a kid snow days meant building forts, washing the weaker person’s face in the yellow snow (kids are cruel), and the smell of wool drying on the heater as Sleeping Beauty and I napped. Today, a snow day means the kids complain about the cold and want to open new cups on Mario Kart.
After much thought, the Mister and I decided that the kids couldn’t play video games, watch TV, or use the computer for leisure Monday through Thursday. It’s just too much to have them sit in front of the telly when there are books to be read, rooms to be cleaned, cookies to be sold (902 so far!) and life in general. The Mister, of course forgets this every evening and either sells Yeyo or bombards us with the comments from Comcast Sports Center on ESPN.
A Friend on The Web, has also decided to modify her children’s non imagination days. She feels that her child is also crippled by technology.
Consistency has been difficult. Bubbles! stayed over on Monday and the kids begged to at least watch Spongebob. I almost said okay, but stuck to my resolve. Both kids tried to use my Judge Judy time to show how I have broken the promise, but that really holds no sway since I started to watch JJ at night after they go to bed (yes it’s pathetic, but that’s what guilty pleasures are for).
So far, the Boy had discovered a new book series, and the Teen has managed to keep her room clean for half the evening.