It takes a radio signal 20 minutes to get from Earth to Mars. How long does it take your kids to respond to a simple request, comment or remark? Just what I thought, longer than the time it takes the signal to travel  from Earth to Mars! Do kids hear us when we talk to them, or are they adept at blocking out parents?

Are they really interested in that computer game or iPod, or have they just completely tuned us out? And if they have mastered tuning out parents, then can they teach me that trick, so I can tune them out?  That would be great! While they are teens will I need some kind of signal booster to get through to them? Does Radio Shack have some of those or can I order one from Amazon?