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Tires and Guns and Mom’s Epic Fail. Or Was It?

A car sped past us and ran the light turning yellow to red.

My eight-year-old, in all of his wisdom says, “I know how to stop him, Dad. You take a gun and you shoot and you blow out his tires.”

I’m too shocked to speak. Thoughts are bombarding my brain. Epic fail, Mom. How does he know this? The TVs are programmed PG or less. How could he have seen such a thing? ¬†Where did I fail my son? That’s it. No more television. No more computer. No more video games. I’m unplugging everything as soon as we get home.

Meanwhile, my husband, very calmly, says, “That would be a very dangerous thing to do. It could cause an accident, not to mention the fact that you would ruin the tires and tires are expensive.”

Not missing a beat, #1son says, “Well, Dad. That’s why he should have a retirement plan.”

Well. At least I raised a kid with a quick wit and a sense of humor.

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Unplugging The Uhmmm TV Generation

“How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?” ~Paul Sweeney

My dad called us the “Uhmmm TV Generation” instead of MTV generation. He said that MTV was turning our brains into mush.

When I started teaching I noticed that my students learned best if I switched it up, kept it moving – all the time. My lectures turned into 30 second sound bites strung together.

My own children seem to get bored easily, yet don’t know how to entertain themselves. They rely too heavily on their computer, television and xBox to fill the void.

I think it’s time for another “Unplugged Weekend.”

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