I love the fact that we don’t have broadcast TV. Well, most of the time I love it. We gave up our satellite dish because having it meant that 80 percent of the time some of all the kids had their eyes glued to the television. It’s pretty hard to get chores and homework done when that is the case.
Recently we bought an antennae that would allow us to at least get local channels. Or so we thought. In actuality we only get a few of the channels-not even a station that has morning and evening news. No, instead I turn it on and I see shows like The Partridge Family and Dennis the Menace.
The other day, while folding laundry, I watched an episode of Gidget (adorable character played by a young Sally Field). In this episode she did something wrong (as usual) and in the end, the consequence for her behavior was…wait for it…they gave her a spanking. Her character is 15 years old. It struck me how much times have changed.
Later I tuned in to Leave it to Beaver. In this episode his friend told an innocent tale (which was meant to make the audience laugh) all about what happens when the boy’s dad hits him.
It all seemed so commonplace. Not sad or shocking or terrible at all.
I love how far society has come. But let’s face it-raising kids is still challenging.
Lately our bedtime schedule for the kids is non-existent. In fact it seems like when we say go to bed, they become more awake and when we say wake up, they sleep harder.
Now onto the next part of the story. Last night Angelina, who is six, was sent to bed around 9:30. I knew at 10:00 she was still wide awake. However, I was surprised at 11:30 when she got up with her unfinished homework in hand, wanting to get it done. I sent her back to bed, saying we’d work on it in the morning. Joe was not in favor of that.
Since we adults were all at the kitchen table, her behavior became the precursor to a family meeting on the subject of “bedtime”.
We needed some work in the area of the bedtime ritual. We needed a consequence that would be as consistent as gravity.
After much discussion and each one of us voicing our opinion on the matter, we came to some agreement and resolution.
I love it when we all work together in unity. Not only is it a great feeling, it also opens up so many possibilities!