My New Year's Resolution: Let My Kids Watch More TV

Each year, with the best of intentions, I set a slew of lofty New Year’s goals for myself: Cut out carbs, have more patience, start working out and stop biting my nails. Like clockwork, I assess my progress on each February 1st, only to discover that I’ve failed miserably, again. This year I’ve decided to ensure success by making some resolutions I can keep: Eat more ice cream, fly off the handle at the smallest infraction and allow my kids to watch more TV.

The first two will be a breeze, but I’m still on the fence about the third one. Seriously, is watching TV that bad? I grew up on a steady diet of television, and I’m no worse -- depending on who you ask. In fact, my ability to quote TV and movie lines has not only rescued me from potentially awkward social situations, but it’s also impressed many of my dates. Perhaps sitting my kids in front of the boob tube will actually give them a competitive life advantage. In today’s pop culture driven society, knowledge of who won the last three seasons of Dancing with the Stars, knowing the names of all the Simpsons characters, and being able to recite the score from High School Musical 1, 2 and 3, gets you a lot further than quoting Frost or doing higher math.

Yes, I do believe I’m onto something here. More TV for everyone! Oh, and more cake too!

Happy New Year!


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