Sunday, 22 January 2012

Changed Days

I’m writing this on a Sunday evening, both children are on their computers, the wife is on Farmville and I’m typing on the laptop.

Son is up to his neck in Minecraft and daughter is chatting on Facebook. I say chatting, what I mean is using symbols and some letters in combinations of a hieroglyphic shorthand that I do not recognise and certainly will never understand.

I thought I was ok with txt speak, but this is a completely new evolution of language.

A good example that there will always be some generation gap and the kids will find a way to keep you in the dark and feel stupid.

From a slightly nostalgic point of view as a child, I seem to recall Sunday evenings in our house primarily consisted of an early bath, change into pyjamas, some tea, toast and if you were really “lucky” getting to stay up to watch Hart to Hart, Bergerac or some equally ancient TV detective series.

How the family dynamic has changed. We are all in different rooms, with our individual gadgets and these days rarely seem to sit down and watch anything together.

We do try to make a family film night on a Saturday, but even that is now becoming increasingly difficult with sleepover invites and daughter staying out later, combined with her getting to that awkward age where everything is rubbish unless it has a 15 rating.

If the rest of the world is anything like us then The Simpsons will have to change their title skit. I mean, does anyone all still sit on the sofa together?

8 comments:

  1. Oh I am worried now! I guess we are still at a good age (7 and 4) and we do a film most Saturdays and pizza with Dancing on Ice on a Sunday. I love those family times - I will really miss them! Or maybe we'll all just have to start watching horror films just so I can keep them going!

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  2. Yes, I know what you mean. I did enjoy watching Sean of the dead with her (even though she's maybe a bit young!)

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  3. My son and daughter have Aperger's syndrome and so do I. I found your blog through googling Aspie blogs. I love family time. Currently our little family is really getting into the old Abbot and Costello movies...I find it appeals to the range in age and my son laughs until he is rolling on the floor. But we don't sit on the sofa- we all like our space so we are all sprawled out on various cushions, the floor or chairs:)

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    1. Hi Audrey, thanks for taking time to comment. My son has a general dx of ASD, but he is more Asperger-ish with a strong trait of PDA and is hyper sensitive to sound / smells etc

      He finds interaction with us difficult and usually retreats to his own space and narrow interests - so he never spends much time on the sofa !

      I had a quick look at your blog it looks great, and I'll visit again.

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  4. Sadly this is typical of family life with teenagers in 2012! All i can say is go with the flow to a certain extent, after all a happy teen hiding in their room networking socially ,is better than one forced to partake in family time !! Apparently teenagers regenerate back into normal human beings eventually ;-)

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    1. lol, yes I seem to remember it took me until I was about 23, but there is some hope !

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  5. Hey I remember Hart to Hart and Bergerac.... and they weren't ancient when I watched them!! Oh, damn that must mean I am the one who is ancient!! ;)
    Nice post, very true!

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  6. thanks, it's amazing how time flies ;-)

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