A long winded way to ask "is tv ok?" ...
Last week Magoo had himself an atrocious play date while I attempted to catch up with a gorgeous friend - without letting the steam emenating from my ears interfere too much with our conversation.
Hey, catching up with girlfriends - or finishing a sentence/train of thought when our children are present is a challenge at the best of times.
It's near impossible when your (one, easy!) child decides that your friend's child is not to touch ANY of his toys, puzzles, furniture, oxygen...
Painful, humiliating stuff.
I'. Must. Re. Mem. Ber. He. Is. Two.' stuff.
Anyway, my poor friend left with her beautiful, smiley, sharey boy and I was left with my #$%&^** darling. I. Must. Re. Mem. Ber. He. Is. Two.
I dared not yell my frustration out for fear of bringing in the neighbours or smack for fear of bringing in DOCS, so I silently stomped about the place until a little voice squeaked
"ABC Too Mum?"
"Mum, ABC 2 pweese?"
But lately, Magoo is requesting "ABC 2 pweese" intemittently from the minute he gets up in the morning until he hits the pillow at night. I can trace this new obsession of his back to the influence of the gym creche, Nanna's place, my bout of food poisoning & lack of energy one day or plain old Daddy. I don't have a problem with it. He won't get any more screen time than he normally would - I just don't have to put those DVDs in and out, in and out, restart, open, wipe fingerprints off, retry, in and out, yep, that's a scratch, told you not to touch them, try again... you know the drill.
On the day of 'furious anger following diabolical social interaction' I slowly and calmly replied through gritted teeth that ABC 2 would not be going on at all for the rest of the day. I may have also said that ABC 2 would never be going on again if Magoo treated people like he had that morning.
So we remained televisionless for the day and it wasn't that big a deal.
Who, incidentally was an absolute angel the next day - and watched ABC 2 after breakfast and before dinner (with many hours in between the two!!) as a result.
I spent the next few days wondering how television had become my discipline tool, my 'reward' or 'incentive' I guess.
Ew. I don't think I like it.
I didn't think televsion was that important to us.
I don't want it to be.
We even have an old, small by modern standards, fat back television.
We just don't get into tvs like that.
I like to think we're active, sporty, get outside folk.
But that's a lot more fun (and practical) in Summer, isn't it now?
Lou over @ Sunny + Scout posted a little while back about getting rid of their television completely. Just the thought made me uncomfortable!
So, I guess we're more television dependent here than I thought - or like to think.
How do you feel about 'the idiot box' at your place?