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why we don’t need TV

2012 April 11

The kids are placing bets on how long it will take them to scoot—belly down on top of my sweater, Col on top of Rose—from the kitchen to the bathroom.

“I think 4 minutes,” Rose wagers.

“I think 3,” says Col.

I start the clock timer, give them the official countdown and they begin scootching. I try not to think about what my sweater is picking up in the race across the floor. The kids move as slow as geological time, changing their bets as they go.

“Now, I think 3 minutes…no, no, 2 minutes,” Rose announces, dog paddling on tile with Col on her back.

It takes them exactly one minute to traverse the 15 feet.

“One minute! We both win, Coley!” Rose says cryptically. “Now, lets time ourselves going back.”

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Giveaway still open. Your comments are killing me. You’re all the nicest people.



17 Responses leave one →
  1. abozza permalink
    April 11, 2012

    A litle bit of imagination goes a very, very long way!!!

  2. Michele permalink
    April 11, 2012

    Enter me in the give away! My 9 year old has woken up early the last two days and I’ve busted her watching TV. Family rule, no TV on school days (in the am). Today when I scolded her and unplugged her she moved on to designing an Earth Day poster for school. Now THAT is what I’m talkin’ about!

  3. Michele permalink
    April 11, 2012

    Enter me in the give away! My 9 year old has woken up early the last two days and I’ve busted her watching TV. Family rule, no TV on school days (in the am). Today when I scolded her and unplugged her she moved on to designing an Earth Day poster for school. Now THAT is what I’m talkin’ about!

  4. April 11, 2012

    Ha! Sweater races. Now that’s creative. I just love glimpses like this into the minds of children.

  5. April 11, 2012

    Ha! Sweater races. Now that’s creative. I just love glimpses like this into the minds of children.

  6. Cortney permalink
    April 11, 2012

    We just moved overseas from and purposely left our tv behind :)

  7. Cortney permalink
    April 11, 2012

    We just moved overseas from and purposely left our tv behind :)

  8. mamanongrata permalink
    April 11, 2012

    every time we come back from a weekend of cable at my dad’s, i remember exactly how happy i am not to have a tv.

  9. mamanongrata permalink
    April 11, 2012

    every time we come back from a weekend of cable at my dad’s, i remember exactly how happy i am not to have a tv.

  10. April 11, 2012

    Kids definitely do NOT need t.v.! Sweater belly racing is a great way to clean the floor and have fun! Who said having fun cost money?? Your kids are great!

  11. April 11, 2012

    Kids definitely do NOT need t.v.! Sweater belly racing is a great way to clean the floor and have fun! Who said having fun cost money?? Your kids are great!

  12. April 11, 2012

    This made my night!

  13. April 11, 2012

    This made my night!

  14. rebeccamullen permalink
    April 13, 2012

    what I love? “We both win!” I want to live in Rose’s world.

  15. rebeccamullen permalink
    April 13, 2012

    what I love? “We both win!” I want to live in Rose’s world.

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