Technology Shmology

| February 21, 2013 | 5 Comments

in-car-dvd-I remember in grade school (and come to think of it, junior high and high school too!) anytime we had to watch a movie in class the teacher would be fumbling with the VCR, the cables, the remote… this new-fangled technology was too much for them.  Usually a tech-savvy kid would step-in and fix it.

My own parents, whom I used to think were the smartest people in the world, often couldn’t get gadgets to work.  I never understood how they could be so stupid with technology.  Now I know why.

Our new van has a dual DVD system in it.  It’s really not complicated.  Pop open the screens, insert disc, press play.  The problem is, I never wanted a DVD in my car.  We were buying used, and since this one had all of our ‘must-haves’ it’s the one we picked.  Except it also had several ‘nice-to-haves’ that we didn’t count on – like the dual DVD system.

I always said I would never get a DVD in my car – I have no intention of dealing with bratty kids who don’t want to get out of the car because their movie isn’t over even though they were warned this would happen.

So I play dumb.  Sue me!

The kids think that I simply can’t make this thing work.  It’s brilliant, really!  No arguing over why we can’t watch a movie today, or why we don’t want to get out of the car, or anything!  Mom’s too stupid to get this thing to work and kids aren’t allowed to touch it.  Sorry kids, you’ll have to wait until your Dad is in the car… Tee-hee – Dad’s almost never in the car will all of us because of his work schedule.


Best.  Plan.  Ever.  Do you lie to your kids?  Have you pulled this one yet?  Please share!

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  1. Life of K says:

    That’s genius! Sometimes I tell my kids that dad will fix whatever is broken so I don’t have to.. similar.

  2. Matt Quinn says:

    Any parent that responds that they don’t / haven’t lied to their kids are kidding themselves. The premise of maintaining a child’s innocence is solely based on lying to them. This one might be a little different than the normal “white” lies that we tell them throughout the year, but don’t get me wrong…I appreciate the genius behind it. As a fellow dad I can’t encourage this type of behavior…but I appreciate it.

    Thanks for the post…


  3. Egad! People are reading 😉

    Thanks Quinn & life of K for your comments!

    I don’t usually prescribe this type of behavior myself – we’re surprisingly quite ‘real’ with our kids, but this is one thing I just couldn’t deal with lol.

    thank you both for your comments!

  4. Only “Papa” knows how to change batteries in toys that make noise at our house. fun post!

  5. Debbie White Beattie says:

    That’s a genius way of fooling the kids. I’m terrible with technology but I have my husband to run to and he’s pretty good with all of it. I will say I can do a few things but only because I have little instruction papers everywhere to remind me.

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