Thursday, September 01, 2005

We Need a 12-Step Program in Our Home/ And On Another Note... (Wow, a 2-for-1 Post!)

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I admit it loud and clear. I'm an addict. To the blogging life -- reading, writing, commenting.

Lately, my family members have developed addictions of their own.

Late at night, when I want to get online to check out my favorite slew of blogs, I've started to find my husband at the computer...checking out Ebay. He hasn't been an excessive bidder, but he's become an excessive bid watcher. And he's taking up my valuable computer time by doing so!

Son #1 is addicted to watching baseball games or the highlights on TV. Give it a few more weeks, and the sport of the day will be hockey. (I was so thankful there was no Canadian hockey for him to watch this past year.)

Daughter is addicted to watching these teeny-bopper shows that feature Britney Spears's younger sister, Jaime, or shows that feature Raven Simone, the now all-grown-up girl who used to be a cute tot on the Cosby show.

Son #2 is addicted to playing GameCube. He gets up very (and I mean VERY) early in the morning, runs into my room to ask if it's light outside yet, and if it's not, I say it's too early and he goes back to sleep for a couple of hours. If it's a reasonable hour, I just give him the head nod and "okay" and within minutes he's dressed himself, brushed his teeth, washed his face and is headed to the family room to spend some precious time with his game before Son #1 wakes up and competes to play a different game.

So what's wrong with this picture? Well, we're all addicts, and we're all addicted to something that has to do with a screen, with something you watch.

Yes, my kids and I and my husband read books too, play board games, play outside, so it's not as if we spend ALL our time in front of a screen. But maybe there is a group, Screeners Anonymous, that we can join. Maybe at the first session, we deal with a Primal Screen. That would be an audiovisual screen listing the group's 12-step program. I'm not too sure what those 12 steps would entail, but I figure we could get a group rate to partake in them, and wean ourselves off these terrible vices of ours, then perhaps go on to mentor others who also got waylaid in life by screens.

Yes, I guess in essence that this post is just another "screen for help"!


And On Another Note....

Happy September 1. It's hard to believe that we're already in September.

I have absolutely NO CLUE where summer went after I returned from California and Florida. But it sure didn't have an in-your-face attitude this year.

It's hard to believe my kids start school next week -- grade 5, grade 3 and full-day senior kindergarten. It's hard to believe that my kids are already those ages for those grades.

It's hard to believe that later this month I'll turn 44.

I have absolutely NO CLUE where my life went after I left the one-womb schoolhouse all those years ago. It's just zipping along...

...and I'm trying to keep up.


M said...

My mother vacillates between amusement and horror at my own Screen Addiction. I think she's hoping it's a phase.

Oh, and while the teeny-bopper shows can make you want to tear your hair out, trust me, there are worse things out there. My brothers go through "SpongeBob" and "Fairly Odd Parents" flashes, and even with the door closed it's like sitting in a cackling, candy-coated, technicolor apocalypse. I miss the good old days of PBS, when Cookie Monster could be true to his identity and they still had the guts to keep challenging shows like "Ghostwriter" on the air.

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Time flies whether you're having fun or not.

MC Aryeh said...

If you do establish a Screeners Anonymous, sign me up! September is always when I take stock and notice how quickly the world around me is moving...

tuesdaywishes said...

If you really think the screen addicition is an issue, turn it off! Last summer, a friend of mine got so sick of the trash her kids were watching (Spongebob was a major factor)that she turned the TV off completely. After two weeks, the kvetching ended, and her family is actually pretty happy with their TV-free status. Of course, everybody's reading and language grades improved, but they also had more exercise and fewer sibling fights. As for blogging and Ebay, set a limit to the time you are willing to spend on it. It you can't stick to a limit, you really might have a problem.