Every day there comes at least one moment when I would like to lock at least one of my kids in his or her room for an indefinite amount of time…
A couple days ago I read a story (http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/ohio-teen-collapses-call-duty-marathon-181245943.html) about a 15-year-old kid who partook in a video game marathon.
For 4 days.
So when he finally emerged from his room with blue lips and then passed out 3 times, his mom figured she should probably do something.
I can see how you might lose track of time.
I mean, at least twice a week I send a kid up to his or her room for a time out and then forget I’ve sent them up there.
Inevitably I hear, “Mom? Can I come down now?”
And maybe I didn’t forget. Maybe I was just enjoying the extra calm created by one less child in the room.
I understand how it starts. Your kid goes into his room. He’s not causing any problems. You are getting some shit done. You might even be relaxing. You are enjoying some peace and quiet. Whatever. You are alone, so who cares.
And I know how badly teenagers can suck.
But come on.
And isn’t it ironic that the game he was playing is called Call of Duty…
Hey Parents… Here’s your Call of Duty…
If twelve hours go by and you haven’t seen your kid, don’t be stupid.
Go check on him.
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