Have you noticed that it has become an on-demand world? In your family? With your kids? You have? Good. I blame cable TV.

It started innocently enough. Our son was really into Barney. I wanted to keep him occupied while I was caring for my newborn daughter. How great! I could turn on my son’s favorite show anytime! It seems that we all became a little to used to this feature on the TV. Unfortunately, this on-demand mentality has made its way into everyday life.

My kids seem to think that everything is on-demand. TV shows, food, toys they want, etc. It’s like a drug. Have their manners suffered from this? Yes (Which is ironic since manners are a big part of Barney’s themes)! I don’t hear “please” or “thank you” as often. Their voices have an attitude of entitlement. Do this! Get that for me! There now seems to be a correlation between their manners lessening and their time-outs increasing! All this from putting Barney on when he wasn’t on “real” TV?

So, now, we’ve begun the deprogramming and it is a slow process. They don’t like hearing “no” and don’t hold their emotions in letting us know that. This will be a slow, painful process…for all of us. Summer just might be the best time for this because there are lots of special things we can do (and privileges that can be taken away).

I’ll let you know how things are going. If you’ve been through this, let me know your stories. If you haven’t started with this on-demand thing…don’t!

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Tags: behavior, manners, on-demand

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