My children love their electronics. Connor can wake up at 5:30 a.m. and goes right to it. Volume on high either of a rocket countdown in French or some YouTuber talking about Minecraft or Undertales or a Mario car race. I am forever saying “You’ve got to turn it down.”
I started a new rule this weekend. They have to read 15 minutes to get 1 hour of electronics. I love to read and I am very sad that they don’t. I recognize that they don’t need to love it like me but I do need them to work on their reading to help them during the school year. Here are some of the protests that I have received in the last fifteen minutes starting at 6:00 a.m. this morning.
Reading is not fun. I am not having any fun.
I don’t like to read. You like to read. That’s not me.
Why are you making me like you? You’re a reader.
When can we go to a bounce thing? Bouncing is fun. This is not fun.
Now you are making me read and next you are going to make me go to church. That’s not fair.
Staying home and reading is not fun.
Excuse me – I have something. When we are going somewhere, you are going to make me read. That’s not fun. I can’t play the Wii U when I read.
The timer went off. He is almost finished with the book. That’s two Magic Treehouse books in two days. He seems impressed with himself.
I’m almost done with the book. That’s good, right?
That’s great buddy. I am so proud of you.
Yeah, that’s pretty good.
It’s not exactly fun but sometimes in order to have fun, you need to do the work first.