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Teacher-Moms, on the edge…

You want to watch cartoons…fine, you’ll do it my way.

 

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The first time I remember my students taking the sides with my own children was during a central tendencies lesson in which we were graphing how many TVs everyone had in their house.  I was the outlier – with ONE!  I think they were more upset with the gross injustice I was imparting upon my children rather than the fact that a simple mean, median, mode lesson turned into a 3 day ordeal because my data skewed the outcome.  What a terrible mom I was.  I even overheard some girls talking, “see, she’s even mean at home” – of which I took huge amounts of pride in because I don’t discriminate!  The lesson probably would have only taken 2 days instead of 3 but my students were very curious on how I hadn’t been reported to CPS and how my children hadn’t revolted or run away.

i am your mom

It’s simple really, I’m the mom which means I’m the boss – a concept foreign to many of them.  What if they are minitrampwatching cartoons?  Cartoons?!?!  No, sorry – not allowed!  Just kidding…they could watch cartoons…as long as they were jumping on the mini-exercise trampoline.  Watch away little people!  But the second you stop jumping we are watching a historical documentary on the disestablishmentarianism of the Liberation Society in 1853.  It became so popular that we had 3 mini-trampolines in our living room at one time.

This is THE BEST parent trick to date!

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10 comments on “You want to watch cartoons…fine, you’ll do it my way.

  1. Dianne
    April 8, 2014

    Great way to incorporate exercise while they are watching mindless television. lol We do have 3 TV’s at home. One is in the living room, we only have Netflix, no cable. One is in the boys’ playroom with their Wii hooked up, which they are allowed to play when I say. The other is in the husband’s “man cave”.

    • Kevil
      April 8, 2014

      We finally got another TV to be wii designated too, but I only bought wii fit games! (and get told regularly how unfair it is)

  2. Bonnie Gean
    April 8, 2014

    I don’t think trampolines belong in the house. Too many sharp cornered objects for them to split their heads on if they bounce the wrong way! I sure hope you have a large living room!

    Judging by the amount of trampolines I see in the back yards behind my house, I might be on to something. 🙂

    • Kevil
      April 8, 2014

      No worries! They are mini-exercise trampolines, with a big living room, and no coffee table in the way. *knock on wood* no injuries in 10+ years, but lots of restful nights! 😉

  3. Exploramum
    April 8, 2014

    Wow – 3 mini trampolines!!

    • Kevil
      April 9, 2014

      It was cheaper than therapy 😉

  4. uepianogirl
    April 9, 2014

    Such a great idea! I hate when I feel like my kids watch too much TV or cartoons but sometimes I need them to so I can at least shower or get dinner ready. I’m sure I could come up with a few things for them to do while they watch, though;)

  5. susanhomeschooling
    April 10, 2014

    I should exercise while watching TV myself! Ha!

  6. makelifemontessori
    April 15, 2014

    Thank you! You rock! We don’t have TVs and don’t even plan to buy one but I hope one day I will be able to use your idea. 🙂

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