Taming the Television Monster

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Taming the TV
"Hey! I was watching that!" "This is SO boring!" "If I have to look at Darth Vader one more time, I'm going to turn to the dark side!" Maybe it was the Oregon rain, or maybe it was my newly-retired husband watching the History Channel for months on end with no reprieve from military deployments. Whatever the reason, we needed a solution. Read more.

TV Turn-Off
Things had clearly gotten out of control. My 3-year-old daughter, Tiny Girl, was waking up each morning, carrying her blanket and stuffed lamb to the couch, plopping herself down, staring at me, and demanding, "TV! TV!" What had started as an innocent way to occupy her as everyone else prepared for work and school had become a serious habit. Read more.

Loony Over Toons
"Mama, that's Jerry's cousin Larry. He's a really good magician," Grace, 7, tells me with complete certainty as we're watching Tom and Jerry. Since neither Tom nor Jerry ever speak a word, I realize she has deduced her facts from observing only moments of action and music. Read more.

A Little Common Sense
Recently our family received a bit of unprecedented news -- our Aunt Aimee has a speaking part in Spider-Man 3. Since our family members don't regularly appear in major motion pictures (okay, never), this was very exciting news for our kids, extended family, friends, neighbors and any person who would listen. Thankfully, it takes a long time for a Spider-Man movie to finish shooting, as I needed time to deliver the punch line: there was no way we could allow Julia, 9, and Henry, 7, to see a movie rated PG-13. Read more.

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