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English Breakfast Hot Chocolate time

“Mom, I think it’s a good afternoon to have some hot chocolate.”

I love it when I can wholeheartedly say “Yes! I think that’s a great idea!” to my boys.

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It was a colder than usual afternoon. The skies looked like they might bring us some rain. Yes, a perfect day for hot chocolate…and a cup of English Breakfast tea for myself!

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I have no doubt that we will be sharing our hot cups of yumminess many afternoons this winter.

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When Momma got sick

As many of you reading this know, when Momma is sick, “life” in the home gets a little crazy.

Some sick days aren’t so bad for me when Hubs is able to stay home with the kids. However, this past Friday he needed to be at work.

UGH!!!!

I had some kind of nasty stomach bug mixed in with a vicious headache that would not let up. I didn’t take any meds for the headache since I knew it would be “coming up” shortly thereafter. I knew it would be good for me to eat, but of course, who wants to do that when things are so unstable in the tummy?

Thankfully Hubs was able to stay home in the morning until D needed to get to school, so at least I didn’t have to rustle up the ability to NOT heave in the car while driving my two precious guys around town. That left me alone with L who is, apparently, very sensitive to the sounds of Momma getting sick.

Not 30 minutes went by once Hubs and D stepped out the door when I needed to visit “the loo.” I chose to keep the baby gate up in our bedroom doorway so L wouldn’t see what the heck I was doing.

Big mistake.

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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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Media Dilemma: A Work in Progress

I feel I should have started Friday’s post with a disclaimer of sorts. This blog and the views posted on it are solely my own personal thoughts and opinions. I am a firm believer that what works for me and my family does not mean that I think all families should follow suit. I do not write to cast judgment on anyone’s personal views and I welcome courteous discussion regarding any subject I choose to write about.

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One of the most difficult aspects of understanding what is “best” in regards to TV viewing and children are the “facts” and opinions shared about it. Shared from other parents. Shared from your parents. Shared from the pediatrician, the talking heads, conservative websites, liberal websites. You name it, there’s an opinion on every level. I have friends who are educators who rail against kids watching TV and I have educator friends who see no problem with either TV or computer access being allowed to any child of any age. Sometimes, the opinions come with validated reasons and other times, usually from other parents, they are perplexed about the issue and aren’t secure in the decisions they’ve made regarding media in the home.

Just because the AAP says “not before the age of 2” does not mean that all children who view screens of any kind prior to that age are forever “messed up”. And just because an adult grew up watching hours of television each day does not mean that they should use that reasoning to decide whether or not watching TV is a good thing for kids today. Each child is different, processes things differently, has different vulnerabilities, different strengths. What can negatively impact one child can seemingly appear to have little impact on another child of the same age. It can be very confusing to know the best direction to take!

With that said, our reasons for strongly limiting access to TV viewing and computer screen time, both for ourselves and for our children, come from various sources and, as the blog post title states, are in a continual state of change. What seems to be working for us right now does not mean that we plan to stick with this as long as we have children in the home. However, it is working for now, which is why I feel compelled to share about it.

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Along with the Post A Day Challenge that I’m doing in October, WordPress offers up a Weekly Photo Challenge every Friday. I know I said yesterday that I would continue my Media Dilemma thoughts today, but, this is easier and I have the perfect picture for the challenge.

I’ve wanted to use this picture for some time now. After school each day, L goes down for nap and D rests on a blanket near some books and puzzles. He’s fallen asleep once or twice but most days he is either delving into his books or having a rousing time of doing his puzzles over and over again. Either way, it gives me time to rest or catch up; I’ve even been able to catch a nap now and then.

The familiar routine throughout the week is a comfort for me and my kids. What depicts comfort for you?

 

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