Some days I feel like all my kids ever do is spend their time in front of a screen.
And no we do not have a TV that is hooked up.
Despite this fact, our family became addicted to American Idol this past season.
These past ten weeks it was a two night a week
How did we do this without cable or satellite?
We are a resilient bunch and watched the episodes one day later on the internet.
It snuck up on us. This screen time.
"Eldest can you find a recipe on all recipes.com for yada yada yada?"
"Youngest check the weather for tomorrow will you!"
"Middlest, turn on itunes, lets listen to some music."
Plus, Moshi Monsters for the younger two and Facebook for eldest is always
calling out their name.
Sometimes I wonder if they even know what it is to be creative anymore?
And I worry about what they would do with themselves if all of a sudden the world became screen-less?
And then there are some days when I wonder if they will ever get along?
I wonder if they will ever be able to spend time just enjoying each other's company;
instead of teasing each other and whining about what the other is doing or saying?
It starts to drive me crazy.
And I wonder what I've done wrong?
Where did I miss the magical mothering wand that makes your children to get along?
And just when I think I can't take it any longer.
That I might have to send them off to Great Aunt Theresa;
because I'm at my wits end, and I just don't know what to do anymore...
They decide to have a little fun with good old mum.
They set out to confuse me.
They decide to turn my world on it's axis.
They very stealthily, very sneakily...
go outside and work for over an hour... quietly and happily.
Without a screen in sight.
No whining or belly aching about what she did and what she said.
they draw this...
And I am at Peace.
And I am thinking maybe we'll get through these next few years.
And I realize I'm not really interested in sending them off anywhere.
And maybe, just maybe, it's OK to watch American Idol.
As long as... we have a bucket of chalk too.
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