My Kids Watch Too Much TV

My kids and I are away at family sleep away camp this summer. We go every year together and every year we all seem to forgot how “rustic” this place is. It's so rustic that we have air conditioning and private bathrooms and WiFi – but only in one building and it's not the one we're staying in, so for me that's roughing it. The Hubs hates bugs and bunk beds more than I do, so he makes the supreme sacrifice and stays home to work, because someone's gotta pay for this adventure.

We arrived yesterday afternoon and here's a conversation I had with my kids:

Upon arriving and checking out our home away from home for the next week:

Adolpha: This is great! I get the top bunk! Woohoo. WAIT. Where's the TV? There's no TV? I don't think I knew that before I came.


Two hours after we've arrived, we realize I've forgotten to pack everyone a sweat shirt and it's cold, so we trek back into town to hit the local yokel Wal-Mart to peruse their wares:

Gomer: I'm really proud of myself. I didn't think I could last this long entertaining myself, but I've done really well. When I first realized there wasn't a TV, I thought I'd never make it, but look at me now! I'm totally entertaining myself!

Me: Gomer, you've entertained yourself by unloading the car, making your bed, unpacking your stuff, and playing with a soccer ball for thirty minutes before I took you to Wal-Mart to shop. Let's see you get through tomorrow without telling me you're bored and then we'll call it a success.

13 comments:

fishducky said...

I always thought roughing it meant no room service!!

Janine Huldie said...

My kid of roughing it minus the TV, but hey who is counting, lol!!

Confessions of a PTO Mom said...

My kids can handle no TV. It's Dad and Mom who can't.

spymay said...

My husband set up the tent in the backyard this weekend so he and my youngest can rough it.Of course,there's also an air mattress out there and an extension cord that's coming from the house so they can use the portable dvd player.And they're ten feet from the back door.Roughing it indeed,lol.

Stacey Hatton said...

My kids would be OK with the no TV for awhile, but you take away their Cheezits and their lil cheese heads might explode. Major meltdown would definitely be in their future.

Anonymous said...

Our kid is at camp this week -- tents, bugs, rain, dish-washing duty, the whole bit. She goes, we stay home and everyone is happy!

SnarkfestBlog said...

My kids survived without TV from Friday night through yesterday. Now that I know they CAN deal with the zombiebox not having any power, maybe I'll cut off cable altogether. Or maybe I'll wait til after this season of The Glades is over.

Unknown said...

Looking forward to family camp updates.

Alicia Katherine said...

Amen

The NotsoSuperMom said...

Good Luck! I look forward to your camping posts every year. They always arrive just in time to erase any guilt I have about not caring to "rough it" myself.

Bad Word Mama said...

UGH! My kids with no T.V, not something I would like to think or live thru.

Unknown said...

I revel in taking my troop camping. It's a requirement that we go somewhere with no service for any device. The only thing aloud is music!

Anonymous said...

OMG I literally just wrote a similar post to this. My kids are addicted to television (and every other type of electronic) and I hate it.

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