We have noticed a problem in the Kersten Household. Well, I guess it’s no surprise. I’ve been noticing this going on for a long time. I’m pretty sure that our boys watch way too much television. I mean, it started when Augie was a baby. In the middle of the night he would need a bottle. We had to grab the baby, go down stairs in the dark, fill a bottle, and of course plop on the couch….and turn on the TV. It was in those few minutes that I fell in love with that late night news show on ABC. I loved it! It was actually an exciting time, those first few weeks of baby’s life, getting up and seeing what they were talking about on that news show. It was our nightly ritual. That blue glow that came from our 42″ incher was sort of comforting. I think this is where the problem started with our television addiction.
Our boys have never been late sleepers. They are always up as early as they possibly can be and it’s never fun when they get up before PUBLIC BROADCAST starts it’s air time, which is 6 am. OMG! All hell breaks loose. Augie knows that when he wakes up, he gets to watch Curious George. He still whines and cries if he wakes up and his george is not on. Holy Moly, kid! Chill Out! But I still have to say the same thing over and over. “George is still sleeping!” And Secretly, I want to say, “SO YOU SHOULD GO BACK TO BED YOURSELF AND BE QUIET!!!” lol but I never say that. Since he was a wee lad, he would wake up, run to the television, point and say TV ON! TV ON! I’m embarrassed to admit this, people. I am. Of course, he now knows how to turn the television on all by himself. Grandma was over one day, a few moths ago, and was trying to get the remote to turn the TV on and she just couldn’t figure it out! She was standing next to Augie near the couch, only a few feet away from the tv, of course, and says, “HOW DO YOUR TURN THIS DAMN THING ON?” Augie then walks right over to the tv and pushes the ON button. My mom laughed and laughed. OH BOY! What have we done?
TV can’t be all bad, can it? I mean, they watch PBS kids mostly.. Mostly..I mean, when the Bachelor comes on, I can’t NOT Watch, RIGHT? Augie snuggles up when the show starts and yelps, “MAMA! BAYBRIT SHOWS ON!!! (favorite shows on!)” yes, he already knows this is ONE of mommy’s favorite shows. I’m feeling the mommy guilt already, just writing this. Sometimes, though, I decide that we are not going to watch television after dinner and the only way I can get the cries to settle is by stating that the TV IS BROKEN! It’s the only way. I really don’t think this is going to work for long, though. He’ll figure out how to “fix” the tv. He’s a smarty, this one.
But I totally get that TV is bad for these kids. Do you emember hearing, “it’s gonna rot your brain?” I really think that’s true. Thank god we don’t have CABLE or SATELLITE! I have a tv problem with just the standard channels. I don’t even want to think about what it would be like if I could watch Marathons of House Hunters and The Housewives of New York! HOLY CRAP! My brain would be rotted for sure, rotted clean out. If an adult can watch the housewives or the bachelor and think that crap is real, then what would a little kid think? You want to know what one of my favorite movies is? Well, I’m kind of a sucker for musicals and wierd things like that, so don’t freak out when I tell you that my favorite movie is “ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW” If you haven’t seen it, I think you should. But, keep your kids away, or they may like it too. I think I was only in 3rd grade when I saw this. And no disrespect to my parents or anything..I had two older brothers. So I wonder, if I never had seen that movie when I was young and I watched it today, would I still like it as much? I’m thinking no.
But, what’s with TV today, anyway? I got the inspiration for this post, this morning actually. Augie declared it was “NEWS TIME!” (which is another failure on my part.He calls it news time!) George started the piece about the 2 yayhoos who are suing SUBWAY for not delivering them a FULL 12 ” Of SUB SANDWICH! Really!?!?!?!? Really, People? Is it a slow news day, George? I wonder what George thinks about as he’s talking about a sandwich on one of the biggest morning shows in America!? Does he feel bad about himself and wonder why they hell he become a journalist? I think that is rubbish. Suing a Sub Sandwich shop? Those guys must live in their parent’s basement or something and have nothing else better to do then whine about the freakin length of a sandwich! I can just betcha they aren’t skinny like jared, either.
And don’t forget about BEYONCE! That poor girl is getting the heat put on her.I wonder if they’ll still be talking about it at the next inauguration. Which again, another slow news day? And don’t get me started on the word “CATFISH”! For Pete’s Sake, people, that poor fish! I really can not believe that the story of a football player being suckered by a guy posing as a girl on the internet has gotten so much buzz. Again…slow news day for George. ( I think I have a thing for George. I do like his hair.)
Why am I getting so excited about this? I bet if I made a vow not to watch that garbage, I wouldn’t have to worry about it. There you have it. It goes to show you that what you watch has an effect on you and your thinking. This is why I think I need to nip this thing in the bud. But watching TV is the best, isn’t it? A way to escape from the day to day? But, alas, I guess I’m one of those gals that still likes to drink her morning coffee and watch GMA! But this is the kind of thing that is shaping and molding the minds of our little ones. Do you think I have time to turn it around? Is it too late for Augie? I might be able to save Archie in time. Have you seen those Target Commercials? The ones that are all white and have beautiful ladies doing crazy things with the Everyday Collection? Well Augie can repeat those commercials almost word for word. He’s says, “baby gets” and he WHISPERS, “target” at the end just like BRICK does on the Show “THE MIDDLE”! (See? another reference to TV!) We are in trouble.
I think I need some ideas, people. I would love to know what you do in place of watching tv? Do you read books for hours, play games, come up with fun craft ideas?? Now is the time to share. Baby steps, though, right? Or should I just stop cold turkey? No more Modern Family? No more Nashville? We are lamos and don’t have cable, satellite or one of those fancy things that records your “BAYBRIT” shows for you to watch when you have time. Hmmm. I need some comments to cheer me up!
Thanks for Stoppin by.(going to turn the tv off now.)