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Your Kids Are Watching Too Much TV If…

March 5, 2008

You have these kinds of conversations:

Freddy: When do you stop getting zits, Mom?
Me: You never really stop getting zits. You just get less as you get older.
Freddy: Then how come you have some?
Me: Because you still get them as an adult, just less.
Freddy: You need Proactive.
Me: (laughing)


Shaggy: Do we have Progressive?
Me: No, we have Allstate, why?
Shaggy: Because Progressive is the best.
Me: Why do you think that?
Shaggy: Well, it says so on TV. It says they’re way better than Allstate.
Me: Well buddy, everything you hear on TV is not gospel truth. We like Allstate. They’ve been good to us.
Shaggy: Oh. What do we do with the check?
Me: What check?
Shaggy: The check you get for being a safe driver? You know? The one that Allstate gives you?
Me: (laughing) Remember that thing I just said about gospel truth?
Shaggy: (nods)
Me: Refer back to that. I do think they take it off of our deductible, though.
Shaggy: What’s a deductible?
Me: (still laughing) I’ll explain that another time. No more TV for you this week, young man!


Me: I think these pants are ruined, kiddo. You have to clean out the pockets before they go in the wash.
Daphne: I didn’t know there was gum in there.
Me: Well, now that gum is stuck all over them. I don’t think Shout will do the trick.
Daphne: But they’re my favorite pants.
Me: I’m sorry. That’s why I ask you guys to check pockets when you sort. You’re lucky it’s not all over the rest of the load… and the dryer.
Daphne: Maybe we could try Oxy Clean. It gets out everything.
Me:  (shaking my head and laughing)


Disclaimer: Our kids are really busy. We’re out of the house for dance, basketball practice, birthday parties, therapy appointments, allergy shots, and church activities, not to mention work and school. I think their sum total of TV watching is probably an hour every week, maybe two if the weather is nasty outside.

They’re not TV addicts by far and we have a half hour per day limit, which they rarely use. I’m shocked by how much their spongy little brains absorb in just that amount of time. Imagine what they would do with the amount of TV most kids take in on a weekly basis!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. lyndaspix permalink
    March 5, 2008 6:19 am

    Hahaha!! Kids have great, literal thinking minds! I miss you guys!!

  2. March 5, 2008 7:00 am

    Thanks Stephanie
    I needed that chuckle….hope they don’t watch the Viagra commercials….

  3. Robyn permalink
    March 5, 2008 7:18 am

    LOL! I’m told all the time to buy Kaboom because then our bathroom would NEVER be dirty. Maybe I should buy it & let him clean the bathroom with it…. 😉

  4. March 5, 2008 8:30 am

    the other day, Goldilocks looked at the cable TV remote and said “Oh, we have Comcast, they’re the fastest!!” I said, “How do you know that?” and she shrugged and said, “I don’t know.”

    I asked her if she’d seen it on a commercial. She thought about it for a minute and nodded.


  5. March 5, 2008 9:25 am

    At least you aren’t letting them watch childbirth like my father-in-law did….

    Oldest Stepson was so worried when I was pregnant because he knew “there is a lot of blood when the baby comes out.”

    Thanks a lot Grandpa H!!

  6. March 5, 2008 10:03 am

    Hahahahahaha! Too funny…
    Doesn’t gum in laundry suck? My hubby never checks his own pockets before he does the wash.

  7. March 5, 2008 10:17 am

    The kids and I love making fun of infomercials, especially one for some organizer purse where the woman piles 2 water bottles, an umbrella, and half her household into the purse. The 4-year-old seemed super-amazed and turned to me, saying incredulously, “You can fit an UMBRELLA into it!” The 6-year-old pointed out, “You can hold 2 water bottles in it, in case your kids get thirsty.” Always helpful!

  8. March 5, 2008 11:02 am

    I laughed out loud when I read the Progressive piece, Stephanie I think you all may be watching too much. But sure was funny.

  9. March 5, 2008 11:30 am

    We wash a lot of lip smackers in our machine…

  10. March 5, 2008 11:50 am

    That is hilarious! We’ve had those moments too.

  11. lyndaspix permalink
    March 5, 2008 12:02 pm

    Hey, on the gum thing…I had something that worked GREAT for me when my kids were little, and then with my daycare kids later one…it’s called De-Solv-It. It is organic and kid safe. I got it at WalMart, but you can check it out online at:

  12. starshine30 permalink
    March 5, 2008 12:57 pm

    For some reason my ss always has a Kleenex in his pocket with us…oh wait that’s because he always comes to us sick! Anywho…his new habit is putting the Kleenex in his cargo pocket or his pocket. We have lovely incidents of Kleenex in the washer on a regular basis. Yes, I check. But we all miss a Kleenex here and there. Now his new job is helping me load the washer and checking all the pockets before something goes in the wash….ahhh….teamwork!
    Proactive…yup tried that…it kinda worked.

  13. March 5, 2008 2:29 pm

    Now why can’t my kids latch onto the helpful commercials? Why must they do the toys and coloring stuff? Thank goodness for AFN commercials now.. Those are nothing but military safety LOL… But then again, from the sounds of it, its not looked highly on for that type of advertising.. They don’t even advertise on the radio!

  14. grrrarrrg permalink
    March 5, 2008 5:35 pm

    I remember when I was a kid, I could sing all the jingles there were! And I STILL watch too much TV.

  15. March 5, 2008 6:47 pm

    I love Proative! I never would have found it without that helpful infomercial! Tulip Girl without Proactive…not good!!!!

  16. itsalovething permalink
    March 5, 2008 8:41 pm

    Very funny!


  17. March 7, 2008 7:34 am

    that is hysterical!!
    sadly, i have commercial addicts at my house, too!! but…if truth be told, the t.v…it’s ALWAYS on…even if no one is watching it!!
    how are you?

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