As I scanned my Technorati "parenting" tag feed, this post caught my eye. Frazzled Parent (I wish I knew her name) talks about how her son attempted to "pause" her (a la TiVo) so he could go back to watching TV. She goes on to discuss the effects of on-demand entertainment (and tech in general) on her kids.
Technology has really become a double-edge sword for parents. When my kids are older, I know I'll love the ability to call their cells when they are out past curfew. But I also want them to grow up to enjoy vacations away from home without feeling the need to constantly check in at work with the small portable devices that make this communication so easy. I love to rely on TiVo when the kids want TV at a time that traditionally doesn't offer good children's programming, but sometimes I just wish they were stuck watching whatever was on.
My kids don't even understand TV without TiVo. The concept of watching "whatever's on" is foreign to them. They also get mildly annoyed when the radio plays music they don't feel like listening to, accustomed as they are to iTunes. I, too, have wondered how this expectation of "on-demand" will play out as they get older.
Frazzled Parent has more to say — have a look. I enjoyed her post, and thought you would, too.