Did you read the notes on the page? Someone put a huge amount of time into this.
I totally agree with you. When I was a kid we turned the TV off if anyone came to the house. Also we didn't even have the radio on when we all sat down for a meal, instead my parents chatted with me about "this and that".
When I was about 6 years' old, my dad left for work at 6:00am each morning and didn't get home till about 6:00pm at night, but as soon as he did get home he found the time to come out in our back yard and kick a soccer ball around with me for 30 mins or so.
My dad never raised a hand to me -- or even his voice (my mom did that for him :-) If he was upset with something I'd done I just knew it. For example...
I remember when I put salt in the sugar bowl (again, I was about 6 years' old) as a joke. I couldn't wait to see what happened. When my dad next made a cup of coffee he put two spoons of sugar (salt) in and took it into the front room.
I followed him in and sat on the sofa pretending to watch TV but looking at him out of the corner of my eye.
He picked his cup up and started sipping. He didn't raise an eyebrow -- he drank the whole cup. With every sip my "joke" became less funny. Although his expression hadn't changed and he carried on reading his newspaper, his displeasure radiated throughout the house.
I remember getting up and meandering my way into the kitchen. My mom was at the sink doing something or other with her back to me. Without looking round she said "I don't know what you've done, but this isn't going to stop until you apologize for it."
So I went back in the front/family room and said I was sorry, and my dad looked up and said "Don't do that again son," and smiled at me and the mood of doom and gloom disappeared and the sun came out and the birds started singing again (well, it felt like that :-)
I was lucky enough to have the most amazingly "normal" childhood of anyone I know...
I gotta have me one of those :-) Just kidding, though I've got to say, the epidemic of violence we see in adults is largely due to a generation of parents that wasn't able to show affection to their kids when they good and willing to chastise them (not talking about tasers or belting them senseless here) when they were out of hand. Instead it was ignore them or set them in front of the TV and then walk away from or bow to their moods when they stepped out of line.
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