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Parenthood: Real vs. Television

As the More is More Mom®, I am all about….more Parenthood! Not the heartwarming, in my own home, make sure the kids did all of their homework and are wearing clean underwear, everyday kind of parenthood, but NBC’s smash hit. Personally, I am considering this the official kick off to fall Network Programming (though the rest of my shows seem to start next week. I’m okay with a little something to wet the appetite. Desperate for it in fact.). Thank Heaven’s for Parenthood’s triumphant return because I am a tad bit tired of a summer full of the Diva’s on Bravo (that includes Jeff from Flipping Out, and I don’t actually care that Bethany’s Getting Married).

The movie Parenthood is one of my all time favorites. I have been a Steve Martin fan since he was a “wild and crazy guy”, long before he became the quintessential family man (Father of the Bride I and II is another family fav!). And who doesn’t love Ron Howard? If he’s not Opie Taylor, then for sure he’s Richie Cunningham from Happy Days. You know I’m a sucker for nostalgia.

I am in love with the new Braverman family. NBC did a great job bringing the story line up to date and with the casting, though Craig T. Nelson will always be Coach to me (again with the nostalgia). It strikes a great balance between reality, humor and wishful thinking. If you’re not going through life’s trials and tribulations, then you must surely know someone that is.

There is something to be said for isolating your child from everyone else in the entire world…otherwise they tend to learn nightmarish and uncomfortable things. In tonight’s episode, Julia’s little one pretty much wants to know if it’s true where she’s heard that baby’s come from (and I am talking she has enough medical information to become an obstetrician). This makes me thankful that when my pals were her age they only wanted to know about Santa and the Tooth Fairy.

However, for me the best part of the episode was when Haddie and Kristina, daughter and mother, got into a virtual scuffle about learning how to drive. Boy does that hit close to home (“hit” is term that I use metaphorically speaking, not car on car damage)!  I have fond memories of frantically depressing the fake brake and holding on to the arm rest for dear life when Nick was lerning how to drive. Ah, the good old days!

Nick has been driving for 2 years and he does a smashing job (no wrecks yet)! This weekend, however, we are having a life altering experience…..my Amanda starts Driver’s Education. I remember when she first learned to walk and talk, and read and write. It seems like only yesterday. Now we find ourselves with a teenager, soon to be Licensed to Drive…her parents crazy.

The best thing is that I know I won’t take this Parenthood journey alone. In addition to family and friends, I’ll have the Braverman’s and they are just as likely to be crazier than we are. Looks like we’re going to be ready for more patience, more learning, more laughs, more love and more good times….


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We Have Got to Get a Hobby…..

We have got to get a hobby…….. Over the past thirteen years we have experienced a flurry of activity with our children, but now we have hit a lull. Not too long ago our days and evenings were consumed with cross country, basketball, track, baseball, golf and of course, hockey. My Nick has been skating since he was 4 ½ years old, and we have spent the better part of his childhood racing him from rink to rink at all hours of the day and night. These were truly some of the best moments in our family life. Now that he has his driver’s license, we only accompany Nicky to his hockey games, which leaves us with a heck of a lot of free time. Before Nick got his driver’s license we were at his beck and call; picking up friends, dropping them off, waiting around, picking them up. Now however, he pretty much just goes. Long gone are the days that he would ask, while I was making dinner mind you, “Can you run me over to the links so I can hit a bucket of balls?” The answer of course was nearly always “yes,” even though it was inconvenient, because I knew it would someday all come to a screeching halt. Since Nick has had his driver’s license for the past year and a half, all we really have to do is know his whereabouts, and manage to stay awake until he gets home by curfew, which is 11 o’clock. I can stay awake forever if I am vertical, but if I sit, I sleep. Thankfully Chuck possesses the gift of staying awake even if he’s sitting. It’s sad really.

While Amanda doesn’t flit from activity to activity, she is on a very strict schedule. She trains for gymnastics 20 hours per week, 52 weeks a year. She heads to the gym five days a week, four hours at a time, and thankfully for us we only live three stoplights away from our gym, so we can be there in a flash! During the school year, when she has practice on the weeknights, Amanda is chomping at the bit for us to leave at 4:10 (even though gym doesn’t start until 4:30. She doesn’t have her mothers “gift” for never arriving anyplace on time. She always says, “Gym starts at 4:30. It doesn’t say get there at 4:30.” You’ve gotta love her tenacity and dedication! When I was her age the only thing I was dedicated to was….nonsense. Funny how the more things change the more they stay the same….). We live so close that we don’t even have to leave to pick her up until 8:28pm. So, now what do we do?

Well, the answer to that apparently is a great, big, whole lot of nothing! By the time I make dinner, serve dinner, place dinner for Amanda in the warming drawer (best invention ever!), and clean up the mess that was dinner, there isn’t a terrible amount of time to do much of anything….other than watch the idiot box, and I think you know why they call it that.

Why isn’t there ever anything to watch on TV? Seriously, we flippity flip through our cable channels only to find features from the ‘70’s and ‘80’s flashing before our eyes. What!?! Why don’t the smart executives at the major networks figure out a way to feature clever, smart, entertaining programming? It’s pretty sad when we are glued to our set to weigh in on what’s happening with Dancing with the Stars……especially without Donny Osmond as a contestant.
Sunday Nights:
When does Entourage return to HBO? There is nothing to watch, thankfully we frequently have hockey games to attend and we are traveling during Amanda’s meet season.
Monday Nights:
Monday night programming has been enormously improved with Rules of Engagement as a mid-season replacement on CBS, though that only accounts for 30 minutes of the night (22 if you DVR….the only way to watch TV). However, Jeff, played by Patrick Warburton, is not featured nearly enough, as he is the very best part of the show. Though to me, he will forever be Putty from Seinfeld.
Chuck loves Two and a Half Men. If he has his way we turn it on at 6pm and 10:30pm on WGN, so Monday is Charlie Harper bonus day. All I have to say is: thank God they finally ditched that Chelsea because she was sooooo boring. We are thrilled to see the egomaniacal, alcoholic, aging lothario back in business!
Tuesday Nights:
I really dislike Jay Leno, as I am David Letterman kind of gal. Cancelling his awful show has opened up the door for the Tuesday night replacement Parenthood on NBC. I was an enormous fan of the movie and the new series certainly does not disappoint. I give it an “A”.
American Idol is really boring this year. We have given up.
Wednesday Nights:
Best show of TV…..ABC’s Modern Family. Why is it only on for half an hour? One character is funnier than the next, but what I love about this show is that while it’s hysterical each episode concludes with a tender moment that brings the family together and re-enforces their connection and commitment to each other. The More is More Mom® gives Modern Family an A++++++
Thursday Nights:
I want to get it, but I just don’t understand the appeal of The Office. On the other hand I can’t get enough of the hip, fast talking 30 Rock on NBC. Tina Fey has amazing vision, Tracy Morgan is a scream, and Alec Baldwin, well, he’s a comedic genius.
What’s not genius…..Bravo’s The Housewives of……fill in the blank. We always look forward to the New York girls, but they’ve become so boring and one dimensional. When we first met the girls from the Big Apple they were interesting, they had careers and they were charitable. Now they are self obsessed mean girls, one cat fight away from being on Jerry Springer.
Friday and Saturday Nights:
The weekend always brings a potpourri of activity between sports and friends. Thank God for the diversion.
I suppose for now a hobby will have to wait until our little chicks leave the nest. Until then it looks like we’re stuck with the idiot box………..

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