Last night I made my kids play together. Not watch a film or a game on the Wii together. But actually play. They didn't know how. They really didn't. "What do we do Mom?" were their helpless cries.
Face it folks. We are raising a generation devoid of imagination and self entertainment (no not masturbation although I suppose that's on the whole list if one were to compile it). And school doesn't help. Their use of technology grows all the time.
I asked my daughter, "Well, what do you play at school when you play house and stuff?" Her answer: "We pretend to invent stuff like spoons."
That's what she said. Seriously. These kids are emulating technology and creation instead of acting out human situations. Why? Cause they have fewer and fewer human situations as life goes on. It's more and more virtual.
Today my daughter has Field Day. It's not even the whole day. It's 90 minutes. I fondly remember Field Day as a hot, sweaty, forced death march of games. Sunburn and hurt feelings were usually the result. But at least it was the whole day.
Why is today's Field Day only 90 minutes? I have no idea. I suspect it'll either be the excuse of it being too hot (get real. My schools never even had air conditioning. Heat stroke and death was a part of growing up.) or that they have other fun stuff inside like watching a movie.
Oh watching a movie in class. Remember those days? When you walked in and saw the tv on the cart and it was as if you had just won the lottery? But certainly not every classroom was watching a film at the same time, because the school only had maybe half a dozen AV carts. Remember AV? I bet our kids won't even know that term. They'll never get to make fun of the AV Club kids. Gosh, what a waste.
Now every room has not only a tv, but a large screen tv projection thingy. They have cute names for it like Mr. P. Our children are naming inanimate objects and talking of them fondly, but don't know the name of the kid around the corner on their street. Granted, neither do I but that's different. I just hate people.
Anywho, summer vacation is starting at the end of this week. I have decided, though it may be the death of me, to limit my children to 3 hours per day of computers and television. You may think that extravagant. But when you consider just watching a few episodes of Johnny Test will take up most of that, I think it's fair. Especially since my children are devoid of the tools to entertain themselves. I will even force them to go outside each day. The horror! What do we do outside Mom? It's like stepping out of the bunker into nuclear winter for them.
God I hope I don't find them outside masturbating for lack of any other ideas.