March 22, 2006


I’m not a guy who understands electronic devices very well. It takes me a while to program the DVD player and configuring my wireless router was an adventure that ended in swallowing my pride by calling in reinforcements.

So, you know I’m in trouble when I give my children the TV and DVD remotes to play with and it takes me 10 minutes to figure out how to undo whatever they did to make the picture on the television screen disappear.

No more remote control playing for the twins. I’m giving them the phone only from now on. Of course that might change after our next phone bill. For all I know, they’re crank calling Bangladesh.


  1. Been there, done that. After The PB & The J did that once, we gave them an old remote to play with… seemed to do the trick.

    Comment by Kemp — March 22, 2006 @ 7:56 am

  2. There are some fun toy telephones, remotes, etc. that are a nice substitute. I’m guessing that the appeal is that these items are hand held and make noise/flash.


    Comment by mdvelazquez — March 22, 2006 @ 9:04 am

  3. You could try taking out a battery before giving it to them… but that might be more hassle than it’s worth.

    Comment by Mormondaddy — March 22, 2006 @ 9:04 am

  4. FYI, Matthew. Don’t let them play with your cell phones either. Apparently, excessive amounts of drool can wreak havoc!

    Comment by MetroDad — March 22, 2006 @ 9:25 am

  5. The Munchkin recently pried the batteries out of each of our remotes, breaking all the covers off in the process as well. Now all the covers are taped on. Oh, and the kid has THREE toy cell phones (each one more realistic than the last) and still wants mine! She’s bound and determined to break the aerial antenna in this lifetime.

    Comment by Deanna — March 22, 2006 @ 10:18 am

  6. My daughter refuses to play with any remotes that we have (old ones or toys) She MUST have one of the 4 on top of the tv and if she sees it, she’ll devise a plan to distract you long enough for her to toddle over, grab it and giggle while waddling away. She’s only one. Same with the cell phone. We have 4 or 5 old ones and a couple toy ones but dammit if Mama’s isn’t the coolest. I haven’t figured out how to lock the keys on mine yet. I’m sure she’ll break the flip part off first.

    Comment by Trish — March 22, 2006 @ 10:25 pm

  7. Have they stuck 2 dvds (at once) in the dvd player yet? How about a quesadilla in the vcr? Go ahead and get that lock for the media cabinet now. And if yours is “open faced” go ahead and switch it out for one with doors that you can then lock.

    Comment by laurie — March 23, 2006 @ 5:29 am

  8. My friend’s kid called 911, and the police came just as she was getting in the shower.

    The Goon Squad can almost totally work the remote now. Fortunately, they haven’t quite figured out TiVO.

    Comment by Sarah — March 23, 2006 @ 7:06 am

  9. My mom let my son play with her remote, while saying “what can he hurt?”…A few minutes later the tv was playing in French and the food network had been deleted. That was fun. I ended up giving him a remote to a VCR we dont use anymore. It worked for a little while until he realized that wasnt the remote WE used. :) Same thing with the phones. He knows which phone we use and which we dont. His phone isnt that fun anymore.

    Comment by kristied — March 23, 2006 @ 10:50 am

  10. I have a newfound respect for you my friend. I have no idea how you guys do it with twins. I’m barely making it with ONE lil’ guy… :) As far as the remote thing goes? Wait until they figure out how to take things apart… that was the thing I did that drove my mother crazy. I’d take everything apart to see how it worked… and she’d have to put it back together

    Comment by Corinne — March 23, 2006 @ 12:13 pm

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