This morning on the way up to brush teeth James came across a red craft feather on the stairs, likely from one of Adam’s secretive and destructive treks across the house.
James: Look, a red feather!
Me: Wow, very pretty.
James: I can write with this today (holds feather up like a quill).
Me: Like in Harry Potter?
James: Yeah, see? (proceeds to “write” on the bathroom counter)
Me: Pretty cool. Where do you think it came from? Read more…
(walking home from the park)
Me: So, Brig might take you to music tomorrow.
Margaret: We haven’t seen Brig in a long time!
Me: She’ll come back for dinner so you can see her too. Are you excited James?
James: You know, there are no lights in West Virginia. Read more…
I’d love to tell you that I didn’t post the Monday Minute in time because I was observing Screen-Free week, but that would be a lie. A whopper in fact, since I gorged on the internet last night – updating my Subscribe and Save orders on Amazon, ordering groceries on Fresh Direct, looking up the allowable amount of tylenol for 3 of my 4 children, researching the best natural methods to remove vomit from a down comforter (dousing it in bleach and setting it on fire is apparently not recommended). But I didn’t stop there – to wash it all down I played some Scramble, Letterpress and Words With Friends on James’s ipod, the internet equivalent of a gallon carton of Rocky Road.
My initial reaction to the whole “turn off screens, turn on life” extravaganza was supportive and interested, followed by deep reflection ten minutes later such as do they mean all screens? I have to order groceries later, and then If I have to entertain these sick kids every evening this week without their nightly movie time I’m not going to make it.
So while it’s easy for me to pass James off as the screen-addict in our household, the truth is that he’s not alone. And look, could I spend even more quality time with my kids and perhaps enjoy life more without a screen? Sure. But come on, after a full day out exploring the city followed by an afternoon spent doing homework and crafts at the table, making chocolate covered raisins and pretzels in the kitchen, and showering 3 of 4 children (now covered in chocolate), you know what I want to do after playing a rousing game of “Kid Talk” at the dinner table? Bury myself in a President’s Picks newsletter while my kids watch the rest of Charlotte’s Web. Besides, we’re learning about mammals, and there are mammals in Charlotte’s Web, so it’s totally educational.
Despite my reluctance to give up the screens, I decided to broach the topic with my kids at dinner. Read more…
We are definitely one of the reasons tourists say they’ve seen and heard it all on the NYC subway. Read more…
After eating leftover enchiladas for breakfast, James rushed upstairs so I could brush his teeth before the bus arrived. Apparently the stairs were a bit of a workout…
Me: Jaaammmeesss! Come up to brush before you’re late!
James (hurrying in, out of breath): Mom, my heart is beating too fast. Read more…
With 4 kids, “Mooooommmmmm, I pooped!” is one of the most common (and least enjoyable) phrases thrown around the house each day. James in particular, who still needs help with multiple self-care skills, likes to have full conversations while I’m helping him out in the bathroom in one way or another. Truly, one of the highlights of my day.
But once in a while, wiping butts can actually be funny. Like today… Read more…
Waking James up in the morning is always a special joy in my life, but Mondays are often the hardest. Still suffering from the loss of a precious hour over the weekend I approached his room this morning with no small amount of dread. And a plan. Little did I know that James had been secretly forming a counterattack. Read more…
Me: Are you watching youtube on the old ipod?
James: (pause while he adjusts volume) No.
Me: I can still hear it.
Me: And I can see you.
James: (long pause while he turns it off, the softly): Darn it.
Me: I can still hear you.