Thursday, February 11, 2010

When I was a kid....

I have threatened many times to get rid of every t.v. in our house. We have 3. One in the family room, one in the basement and one in our bedroom..which is probably a big no no. Someday I just may follow through with that threat. I really can't stand television. It seems to be a constant battle in our house. With 4 kids that are spread apart by 14 years, there never seems to be something that we can all watch together. There is nothing but crap on anyway. Seriously, even Disney channel is junk. Who the heck is iCarly and why do my kids need to watch her makeout with some kid? Zach and Cody living in some hotel in Boston or on a cruise ship? Come on. And the latest one I've seen...Wizards of Waverly Place. Another teenage Disney star wannabe singer. I'm done with all of it. My kids aren't allowed to watch t.v during the week. I don't care if your homework is done and you have straight A's. That may sound harsh but when I was a kid...(here we go, my kids can't stand it when I say..."when I was a kid"..) I spent most of my time when I wasn't in school, are you ready for this.... OUTSIDE! Unless it was 30 below or pouring rain, we were outside. Making forts, riding bikes, playing parents used to ring a big ol' railroad bell to call us all in for dinner. That was just how it was.

It's not just the television that I can't stand. It's the PS3, the Wii, the DVD, the DVR...for crying out loud, I've got a headache just thinking about it all. Stephen wants to crash cars on the PS3, Will wants to play Wii sports and Hannah wants to watch her DVR'd American Idol...all at the same time. That's a good time right there. I wish we could go back to the days when we had to listen to the Red Sox on the radio. I love that. I could so go off on a tangent right now about video games, too many choices on television, but I'll try to stay on subject here. Kids need to be my opinion. Not inside sitting in front of a GIANT television that cost more than Steve's commuter car.


  1. I agree! Great post! Thank goodness we are around to supervise!!

  2. I was telling my kids a story the other day about how I rode my bike to softball practice--three miles from home with no cell phone, and they couldn't believe it was true. I'm with you. Especially since the weather here (hate to rub this in) is gorgeous--supposed to be 69 today.
    Igloo day? Is that possible?
    Love the new look. I tried to copy Sarah's directions on making pictures larger, but then I couldn't manipulate them as well in my posts. Hm...
    Time to try again, I suppose. And don't give up on the blogging because it makes you sedentary. You can always do lunges while typing, or . . . yoga poses! That'd work!

  3. And which blog template do you use? I'm trying to rearrange some stuff, but I can't seem to get it to lay right.

  4. I could not agree more! Kids need to be outside breathing in fresh air and having movement! I played outside all the time as a kid. I'm glad my kids enjoy being outside, but they do enjoy the indoor activities as well. I'm lucky I guess. My boys get bored with TV and video games. Lately they have really been into building elaborate lego figures (even my 12 year old) and board games.

  5. AMEN Sista!!!!!

    We were NEVER inside...especially during the summer.
    I remember walking home from the bus stop in a downpour...splashing in the puddles, muddy, and soaked to the bone...with HUGE smiles on our faces and laughing like crazy! Forts, we had 'em....even built
    a catapult one time! Those were certainly the days!
    Having Andrew play hockey has been a true blessing.
    He rarely has time to sit and do nothing or watch the
    idiotbox. Lacrosse is up next....then golf in summer and more....outdoors! Great post, Pam! Keep it up!

  6. And that is why you have such well balanced and wonderful children. You are a great mom...keep it up!