I bought a membership to John Rosemond's website a while back and decided to submit a question recently, which he answered. My question was what to do about Hunter who has been sneaking downstairs at night to play on his game cube, and I mentioned his other behavior issues. He will sometimes fall asleep at lunch or dinner because he is so sleepy, and sleep 6 or more hours in the day time. Here is his answer:
A: the obvious solution is to remove the video game from the home. they have no place in a healthy family environment anyway. you need to put a permanent end to this problem so that you can concentrate on the more pressing behavior issues. by the way, video games, says the research, are associated with low motivation, misbehavior, aggressiveness, underachievement, and short attention span. you are describing an addict, and the research clearly says they are addictive. get the heroin out of the house! today! now! do what i say! john
We did it, only we decided to be kinda sneaky like ol' Hunter. We showed him this answer and told him it would have to go. He was a little weepy, but said he at least wanted to sell it since he and Kyler had purchased it with their own funds. I explained that it really wasn't worth much of anything after their treatment of it, not to mention how old it is... Being busy with a newborn and all the other normal craziness around here, it took me a couple of days to get to it, and to ultimately decide exactly what to do. I got out a hammer and had Dean go at it, containing it all in a box. I put the box back where the game cube had been and left it there for Hunter to find.
The next day he didn't say anything about it until later in the day, as he and Kyler marveled about it and accused me of being the culprit. I denied it. We actually had a spare unit, that I think I picked up for $7, and they got it out and hid it under the spare bed in Tristan's room. I had them retrieve it and they begged me not to destroy it. Once Dean was home Hunter really got excited, accusing us of doing it and carrying on, trying to choke back the tears. We continued to deny it, just as he denies every misdeed of his life, even as we catch him with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar. He admitted that he had come downstairs in the night to play and found it destroyed. It warmed my soul to picture him slinking back to bed unsatisfied. I had removed the cord from the TV as well, and locked the computer so he couldn't do either of those things during the night.
There hasn't been a word about it today. I forgot to take a picture of the destroyed unit before it went out with the trash. I've hidden the spare one; maybe it will make an appearance in a year or two. He's password protected out of the Wii, so he can exercise or whatever when he's supervised, but that's it. I hope the saga is over.
Friday, July 22, 2011
|We went to a children's museum with lots of fun stuff recently.|
|She has the longest, prettiest fingers, and often uses the pacifier.|
|Tristan loves all things baby. He can't get out of the swing by himself.|
|I was trying to remove the redeye, but managed to do this instead, and it's saved, grrrr.|
|Not sure what it means, but finally got a picture.|
They were both very sleepy after church. Kyler loves holding Cambria most of all.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Here is our 4th child - it's still hard to believe that we have four now. Same goes for the Koreans. They can't believe it either, and count them all when we come around. She is a doll, and has been sleeping 'round the clock lately, including through the night. That sounds great, except that by morning those who feed her are overflowing...
He is a fantastic big brother, always wanting to keep her pacifier handy, and shove his fingers in her ears to be sure they are OK, or test the seat belts to be sure that they are working - by unbuckling hers... He was rocking her so vigorously the other day in her car seat at home that I thought the whole thing would launch.
He did help put the chairs up after church yesterday.
Today we decided to put on our party hats and say "goodbye"
|We kept Cambria covered with a light blanket to keep the sun and the Koreans off her. They don't take their own babies out of the house for a number of months after birth, but have no problem fingering others' babies.|
to Seoul for just a bit. We went to Namhan Mountain and hiked around. It was great exercise for the out-of-shape post-partum one, except that my shoes were killing my feet and I went barefoot the last downhill stretch. Apparently these particular shoes really are too small, as my feet aren't swollen any more.
I've realized that once you've seen one Buddhist Temple, you've pretty much seen them all. I like to look anyway.
I really liked the giant orchids growing in the pots on the right. At home, every time I sit down to nurse the baby I notice that my orchid looks dry, and remember that I haven't watered it in ages. But since I'm sitting down nursing I can't do anything about it, and once I get up I forget. I finally remembered today, and one leaf is pretty much a goner. Poor orchid.
We have a similar picture of Proud Papa with baby Hunter way back when he was in vet school. I think he was actually studying then, rather than playing games. I don't miss those days.
So that's what we did in Korea on July 4th. We did go to the base to see the awesome fireworks show on July 2nd (Saturday). We told the boys that the fireworks were for Tristan's birthday. They were impressed.
I am at a complete loss for a new name for the blog. Ideas???