We don’t have Cable.
We don’t have TV reception.
And we never have.
In fact, our children’s exposure to Cable television was limited to Grandma Jane’s house, PopPop’s house, and then, a couple of years ago, at their father’s house.
When we tell people this, they are astounded. What are we, living in the Ice Age? What do we do with our downtime?
Downtime? We have very little downtime! There are too many fun things out there to be explored and experienced first hand. We don’t have a lot of time for vicarious experiences!
Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ve got plenty of DVD’s, and the kids grew out of their toddlerhoods with Baby Einstein et al. And I am willing to bet my kids are the only kids on the block who could give you characters and lines from Gilligans Island, Wonder Woman, Bewitched, and Johnny Quest.
But for the most part, we don’t spend a lot of time in front of the TV.
What do we do? Well, here’s an example of a Sunday morning, not too long ago:
In the Family Room:
Mom, I’m ignoring you.
Still ignoring you. You are SO weird, Mom.
I will have you know that I read this same series of books when I was her age. LOVE me some Nancy Drew!
Meanwhile, in the Kitchen:
Critter? Whatcha reading? Hello? Hello? Whatcha reading, Critter? CRITTER?!!
What???!! Alright Already!! Here!! Does this make you happy, Mom? You are SO weird.
Ah…from the series of books that spawned the movie “How To Train Your Dragon.”
Oh, and in case you missed this detail in his first picture above. Yes, I believe in a well-balanced, nutritious start to the day. A half pound of bacon, washed down with Tang.
Don’t judge! I’m just glad he’s eating something.
Some people say TV is evil. They say that it is bad for family dynamics because it causes children to disengage from other family members to be passively entertained.
Disengaged from family members? Judging by these pictures, I guess books are evil too.
But what do I know? I’m just SO weird.