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Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden

Kids love finding secret, small places that quickly become their own little “world” for awhile. Whether it’s the cheap IKEA tent out in the backyard or the fort made of blankets in the living room on a rainy day, the excitement is so fun to watch as they scamper about, looking for ways to have an adventure in their “new” space.

This week’s challenge brought to mind this photo from a few weeks ago. We were visiting family in Grandma Mira’s backyard and L was having fun creating his own little hiding place with the lawn chair. I thought it was cute that he was just a few feet away from the other kids playing in the yard but I could tell he was in his own little world in that chair.



L loves to make sure that everyone in his vicinity is aware of an airplane in the sky. He always points his finger, always shouts out “Airplane!!” and always has the excitement of seeing one for the very first time.

I love L’s enthusiasm, his authentic joy at the little things in life.

I hope these qualities only grow stronger in him throughout his life.



If you’re new to this blog in the last day or two, you might want to start with the first installment of this 3-part series of posts. I started with The Media Dilemma, then followed that with media in the home being a Work in Progress for us.

I ended the last media-related post mentioning that Hubs and I had an eye-opening, or rather brain-opening evening hearing from Kim John Payne. I have not read Simplicity Parenting…yet. However, I have spent several years around a few parents who have either read the book or others like it and who are far more “unplugged” than even we are at this stage. The children from these families do not see screens in the home, at all. No computer access, no TV access, no phones or tablets for them to play on.

None of that really had a huge impact on me because parenting is a lot of “to each his own” unless you plan to “follow” a friend’s lead on every single decision. I admired them for their tenacity in keeping up the commitment, but that was about it.

Once I became more aware of what Sensory Processing Disorder really is and how my child struggles with it at some level is when I felt I should begin to think about that type of “home life” a little more seriously. I certainly could argue that screens, most especially the television screen, should be limited to young children if for no other reason than the commercials and the content of the various shows. Most of my mom-friends were in agreement about which cartoons were off-limits, for example.

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clip_image002I’m sure this topic has been around since the term “media” became a part of any culture’s vocabulary. Whether you are single or married, have children or not, work outside the home or stay home, own a house or rent an abode, media and screens are a part of your life and decisions are made about them on an every day, if not an hourly, basis.

I’m also very aware that there hundreds of thousands of opinions, factually-based or otherwise, on what is deemed “healthy” or not, whether you’re talking about children under the age of 5, people of all ages, length of time screens should be viewed, noise level, screen flashes, content, level of interaction, and the list goes on and on and on.

I distinctly remember the first night we had D home from the hospital. There he was, all snug in his blanket like a little burrito, eyes wide open as he was taking everything in, and our humongous TV was on. My only “plan” I had at that stage of mommy-hood was that I was going to do everything in my power to keep him from viewing the TV screen until the age of 2, as recommended by D’s pediatrician and the AAP. No problem, I thought. I can totally do that.

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