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An important lesson

Boy oh boy, blogging this summer has not panned out. The reason why is patently obvious to me: I simply cannot do morning activities with my kids if they're able to watch TV or play video games in the morning. I just can't compete with that when I'm tired and groggy, it's too easy a way out. I recognize that there's all these studies about raising creative children and setting rules, saying things like:

One study compared the families of children who were rated among the most creative 5 percent in their school system with those who were not unusually creative. The parents of ordinary children had an average of six rules, like specific schedules for homework and bedtime. Parents of highly creative children had an average of fewer than one rule.

But, sorry, no TV in the morning before school has to be a rule if I'm going to do my morning activities. It's more to force me into action than anything else. Well, that and I'm going to lose my proverbial shit if I have to listen a few more times to the cycling commercials that constantly loop when nobody is watching the on-demand channel.

We'll start up the no TV in the morning thing again next week, when school starts up. Then hopefully I can get back on the blogging. Fingers crossed.