Mediacating the children

Admit it, you do it too! When the kidlets get restless and you’re trying to accomplish something important like getting dinner ready, or shaving your legs for the first time in months, or reading my blog… just turn on the tv, or iPad, or video game and suddenly all is well.

Sick days, or sitting in waiting rooms for a doctor or dental appointment, waiting for an order to arrive at one of those less fast food restaurants, a long drive to visit grandparents – all prime situations that you may feel requires some mediacation to get through.

The problem comes when you overdose on your mediacation or become too dependent on it. For some odd reason it just makes the kids extra-whiny and annoying, which is what we all want to avoid.

It makes me wonder how my parents and grandparents got through all of those same situations. Were they more patient that parents today? Were we as children more obedient and better behaved – or just plain scared of punishment? Are children today incapable of waiting patiently, amusing themselves, or staying out of trouble? Is it just too easy to mediacate?

What do you do in your home? Do you plan screen-free weeks or weekends? Do you just let the kids get bored and tough it out? Have you cut back or increased your media time? Will you be cutting back when school starts and there are fewer hours to keep the children entertained or will the winter weather get you back in front of the warm rays of the TV waves?

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Countdown to School

One more month until school starts. Are the rest of you counting down too? Our youngest is starting kindergarten this year. Do you know what that means?

It means that we are no longer paying for daycare, just before and after school care for 2 kids. That’s half the monthly bill we had 3 years ago, before my son started school. It means that we have 1 destination for school events. It means that we have 1 school holiday schedule. It means that at the start and end of the day, I only need to make one stop to drop off both kids as I make my way to work. Which means that I am reclaiming anywhere from 2 to 3 hours of commuting time each and every week by not making 2 stops on the way to work.

I think that it is entirely possible that I am more excited than any other person on the face of the earth, for school to start this fall. Excuse me, I’m going to go do another happy dance.

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Shaming the Delinquent Neighbor and their Dog

I was at the playground with my daughter a few hours ago. We live in a townhouse complex with a playground. Generally speaking, it is a fabulous place to live and for the most part, the neighbors are great.

As I was saying, we were at the playground when a black chihuahua came sauntering down the hill without his/her person. The dog squatted and deposited, then sauntered back up the hill. Still no accompanying human in sight.

Unfortunately I’m not sure exactly which neighbor belongs to said dog. Dogs are not permitted to wander off leash in the complex. Owners are also required to pick up their pets leavings. Strike one, strike two.

I ask you, what would you do?

  • Post a “You’re welcome for picking up your black chihuahua’s poop off the yard” note on the community board with a plastic bag of the poop in question?
  • Complain to the strata council.
  • Wander around the complex until you find the dog owner and attempt to deliver the bag of poop personally.
  • Blog about it.
  • All four.
  • Some other more creative, poop related, neighbor shaming activity.

Not that I would do any of those things. I’m too classy for that shit.

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