Last week I had the opportunity to brag about how well my kids are doing; awards, good notes from teachers and just plain happy, well adjusted, kid(s).
This all came to a screeching halt on Thanksgiving Day. After the huge meal, getting the table cleared, the dishes done and cleaning up piles of dog puke (Charlie ate too much) I was ready for my traditional Thanksgiving nap. The kids were sitting quietly in the sun room, in front of the warm fireplace playing on their Kindles.
After about an hour I awoke from my turkey coma, yawned, stretched and reached for my phone. I had several messages from Amazon regarding download orders. This included a $15 Miranda Lambert album, Hot and Sexy Spanish Women app, White Trashy Women app and an app for Sex Chat. Turns out William did a little shopping while I was taking my nap.
I immediately marched into the sunroom and demanded Will’s Kindle. Even though the evidence was right in front of me, he denied purchasing the apps and made up several silly stories suggesting that maybe someone stole his Kindle and downloaded the apps, that maybe his sister did it or that maybe he did it by accident.
After some prodding he finally fessed up and admitted to watching me enter the parental control password, memorizing it and then turning it off after I was asleep. He wasn’t aware that Amazon sent me a message every time something was downloaded. As he navigated the web without me holding his hand, he took the opportunity to click on the ads that popped up. Thankfully he only had access to these apps for a few minutes before he got caught. Who knows what he saw.
The internet can be a scary place and a kid with access and no parental control is only asking for trouble. I’m sure lots of kids will be getting electronics this year: tablets, Kindles, laptops, etc. So my advice to you this holiday season is this: use parental controls, never let the kids see the password and don’t ever think your kids aren’t smart enough to figure out how to get in and turn the controls off. If the kids aren’t old enough to go to the mall alone then they certainly aren’t old enough to wonder into the web alone. Just saying.
And the naughtiness didn’t stop there. Yesterday we received a note regarding Will saying a bad word at school. After blaming it on the Internet, video games and his sister he once again fessed up and admitted to saying “shit” in the boy’s bathroom.
Will claims he had words with a boy that was making fun of his art work. The boy told Will, “you can’t have red tree’s, that's just stupid.” I’m guessing Will’s assessment of the boy’s artwork was that it was “shit” as opposed to “the shit” which would mean it was really good.
Regardless, William has picked a really bad time of the year to misbehave. Christmas is just around the corner and Thursday night we will set out our shoes for the traditional Saint Nick night. Those that are good will wake up to shoes filled with goodies while those that are bad won’t get shit!
Looks like Will has some hard lessons coming up. When I was growing up I can always remember my parent’s saying, “This is going to hurt me more than
it’s going to hurt you.” Yeah right, I always thought that was a bunch of shit too, until now. It is painful to withhold goodies and treats and fun from your
kid but it is necessary. You can’t reward bad behavior.
Turns out my calculations on how much firewood we would need for the winter were wrong as we have already burned through over half of the 2.5 cords that we received a couple months ago. I guess my ‘cozy and warm’ requirements are off the charts as I prefer a steady temp of around 70. I absolutely love our wood burning stove and fireplace. So yesterday we received another load of firewood. And that means stacking wood which I hate but at least the weather here in the 60’s so I can’t complain about that.
Ginger and Alex, our Elf on a Shelf duo are back in action. This morning the kids thought it was pretty funny that Ginger made an “Alex Sandwich.”
The elves are also dressed in aprons and chef hats…..they must have shopped at Dollar General because I saw these items there, they are wine bottle apron covers and they sell for only $1 each. (Wink)