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When the Kids Interfere with "Your Shows"

When the Kids Interfere with “Your Shows”

By Chris Jordan

I remember when I was a child my grandmother had certain programs on television that she liked to watch.  She would go through the TV guide and write down everything she wanted to see that week.  She referred to them as her “shows.”   Then she would post the list on the front of her refrigerator with one of the many magnets that were used to hold photos of the grand kids.  That was some dedicated TV watching there.

Of course being little kids, we would laugh.  The same way we once rolled our eyes about comfortable shoes, cellulite, and fiber in our diets.  I still have not crossed the abyss into knee high stockings, but I never say never anymore.

Fast forward to my last two years of high school when I would stay home every Friday night to watch Miami Vice in all its 1985 glory.  Just who was laughing then, huh?  The high school boys who couldn’t understand the appeal of Crockett and Tubbs in their sockless loafers, sherbet colored blazers, and white linen pants, that’s who was laughing.  Also, it is probably why I never had a date.  If only the VCR had been invented and someone in the world was able to figure out how to program it to record.   I know that in my family none of us were ever able to figure out how to make the VCR record the shows that we wanted to watch.  We were such a cliché.

Fast forward again to present day, I now have “my shows.”  I call them that without a hint irony.  Luckily technology has progressed so that I never have to stay home and miss all the fun in order to keep up with my favorite shows.  Which is a good thing since my children would never let me stay home parked in front of the television.  Most evenings find me shuttling back and forth between various activities and sporting events in which my children participate.

I try to set my DVR in advance, but often I forget.  Or I realize that a new season is starting and I am trapped far from home and my DVR.

So, when I recently discovered that I can control my DVR from my mobile phone, I was elated.  Football game running late?  Stuck behind the chatty parents in the carpool line?  Last minute stop for must-have supplies for a school project due in the morning?  Have a child tantruming in the grocery store that they are missing their yearly viewing of The Grinch?  The times I need something like this are endless.  Yes, need.  Now I can simply log on to my mobile device and set it to record.   It makes you wonder why no one had thought of this before now.

If my grandmother were still alive she would be proud of my dedication which now rivals hers.  I can imagine her calling me, “Christine, can you do that thing with your phone and record my shows for me? They are all on so late now.  Who are these people who stay up all hours of the night?”  All hours of the night meaning anything after 9:00pm.  She would be amazed by the new technology that surrounds us and makes even the most trivial aspects of our life easier.  I don’t imagine, however, that she would ever give up the list post on her refrigerator.

Chris Jordan
About the Author

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan began blogging at Notes From the Trenches in 2004 where she writes about her life raising her children in Austin, Texas.

Oh, she has seven of them. Yes, children. Yes, the...

Chris Jordan began blogging at Notes From the Trenches in 2004 where she writes about her life raising her children in Austin, Texas.

Oh, she has seven of them. Yes, children.
Yes, they are all hers.
No she’s not Catholic or Mormon. Though she wouldn’t mind having a sister-wife because holy hell the laundry never stops.
Yes, she finally figured out what causes it. That’s why her youngest is almost 6.
Yes, she has a television.

She enjoys referring to herself in the third person.

If you would like to submit a question for Chris to answer publicly, please do so to adviceforparentsoftweens[at]gmail[dot]com.

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  • Maggie

    November 29, 2010 at 11:14 am

    My husband loves this feature even though he hates all the DVRing I do. Now if I could only DVR 2 shows at once and ALSO watch a 3rd channel – a needed feature when watching sporting events on TV takes precedence over everything else. 

  • Jaymee

    November 29, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Sometimes I want to go back to the time where nobody could figure out how to record a show with the VCR and DVR wasn’t even a thought in someone’s mind yet. Now that I can record shows and watch other shows at the same time I have found that I’m WAY too invovled in WAY too many shows.

    @Maggie – I think it’s time to invest in a second DVR. That’s what we had to do. I have too many shows that play right in the middle of Sunday Night Football. It’s truly sad. lol

  • Abby

    November 30, 2010 at 10:33 am

    In the 5th grade, I was asked to write down rules of the house. My only answer was “no talking during Cheers.”

  • Marcie

    December 1, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I college I used to schedule classes around Friends. Sad, huh? Not beer night, Friends

  • Lil

    December 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I had to look up what DVR meant. We don’t have a TV. We do have computers though and I guess they’ve taken the place of TV in our lives.

  • suburbancorrespondent

    December 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    I have “appointment radio” myself. Thank goodness for podcasts!

  • Rachel

    December 2, 2010 at 7:53 am is great if the DVR doesn’t record… as mine has been known to do.  I pink puffy heart hulu. =)

  • Meredith

    December 2, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I love the DVR app. I don’t use it that often because I really don’t watch much regular television (I am a netflix streaming junkie, however). But for some reason, I just like knowing that I COULD set my DVR from afar if a sudden need arose. 

    Abby — that is truly hilarious.

  • katrina

    December 2, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I don’t control my dvr via my phone, but do via my computer. I actually find it easier to find shows and set them to record on the computer than the DVR’s cludgy interface.
    PS – don’t knock the knee-hign stockings. They are PERFECT for wearing under jeans and pants when you wear a ‘dressier’ shoe like heels or pretty flats. Bare feet in fancy shoes (aside from sandals or peep toes) is a travesty.

  • Peggy E

    December 2, 2010 at 11:43 am

    In the 70’s…when I was about eight (or so) my dad made my sister & I watch Jerimiah Johnson (in perfect still silence!). It was on TV and he recorded it with a little microphone on CASSETTE tapes, stopping each time there was a commercial (and then, and only then could we make noise or move.) He listened to those cassette tapes over and over.
    Even better though is that movie has practically no dialogue!!! When movies were finally available, you can be sure that was one of the first he purchased!!!

  • PamS

    December 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    A friend has 2 DVR’s … on seperate TV’s I think and then they watch TV on one of them too. They have no children – yet … so it is all for them! I’m not sure I could stand to watch 4 or so hours of ‘shows’ she records every day! I don’t have DVR and never cared to learn to program my dvd player.

  • adriana

    December 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Love my DVR… just wish I had more room on it. The kids shows never seem to get erased. They watch them over and over again.

  • Olivia

    December 6, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I would love to bake cooking for the person who invented DVR. Maggie, you can record more than one show at the same time depending on your carrier/plan. We have a system that can record up to 4 shows at the same time. It’s both wonderful and awful because now I fill up the DVR and have to watch tv to clear space. lol.