Have Chicago kids become couch potatoes?

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Chicago Mom blogger Karen Wehner recently posted a story about trying to get her kids to spend a good old-fashioned snow day outside building a snow man.

"By about 9:00, I was ready to go outside. "Let's build a snowman!" I shouted. "We've lived here 7 years and we've never built a snowman! I think today's the day. Who's with me?"

My 10-year-old: "Do I have to go outside?"
My 4-year-old: "I don't want to build a snowman."
My 2-year-old: "Dips." (This is what he calls his boots; I interpreted this as raging agreement with my snowman idea)."

What kid doesn't want to build a snow man, or at least peg his sister in the head with a snowball?

I used to live for that.

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You already know my response. They should make a snowman simulator game and publish it for Wii, PS3 and 360. Kids can use the motion sensors on the Wii to get some exercise. They can also simulate cold weather by truning up the AC. On that day, America will have lost all hope of sanity.

Seriously. Go out get into a fight. Get a bloody nose. Do something that builds character! (Not that I condone fighting or anything...)

Since when do children hate the snow?! I certainly agree that Chicago kids have gotten lazier. What would they rather do now? Watch television and hear "Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?" over and over again. Chicago kids are never disciplined the way their parents were when they were growing up. My solution for parents? Take away everything that you's never had as children for one entire weekend. I guarantee your children will go completely insane and bang their heads off the walls for their own entertainment.

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