There is this little constant thing about mothering.
I know in my family, we need to make changes.
NONE of us are perfect, but I would hope that at the end of the day, we each tried our best.
Over Christmas holidays, I felt very strongly like computer time and tv time needed to be limited.
It's hard because Mr. M does not really feel the same as me.
I realize that we grew up in different environments.
He grew up watching tv, we only had rabbit ears and rarely watched tv.
I knew that I had been given that prompting for a reason.
We have 2 tv's in our house, one up, one down.
Mr. M is the one who goes downstairs to watch tv.
The computer is upstairs so it's quite easy to limit time on the computer.
I made it a goal to be up before the kids so I could work hard to have the tv and computer off when they rolled out of bed.
They like to come out and flip on the tv, drives me insane!
There are several changes I have noticed in our kids.
They are HAPPIER!
They play more with their siblings!
Their imagination's are absolutely fantastic!
They are more willing to help out around the house!!!
They have wanted to spend more time with me or Mr. M just doing things that don't require them to be "entertained" just plain old fun, like playing Risk!
I would love this year to work harder at each of us spending less time on the computer and parked in front of the tv, doing mindless things.
I want my children to learn to just "be"
By that, I want them to learn they don't have to be entertained, that they have these amazing little minds and they are so creative.
That they don't need a computer or a tv to tell them what to do, that they can fly with their own imagination.
So many times when we are out I will give them my phone so they can look thru pictures (I don't have any games on my phone)
I want them to learn to enjoy the moment for what it is and that while the pictures on my phone are fun and mostly of them, I want them to be able to be comfortable with who they are and that they don't have to have a phone or something to entertain themselves.
Sometimes when I get a prompting as a mom I feel clueless as to why or how it will fall into place.
But you know what, it always works out for the best.