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This challenge is one that might be hard for us JM addicts, but it is about turning something off. Maybe it is the TV, maybe it is the computer. There is something in your life that you can turn off and spend time with your child without it.
I for one know that I feel great when I make the kids turn off the TV and I go play a game with Courtney or something instead. I know some of you may not have TVs, so that one won't work, but I know you have a cell phone that you're on too much, or maybe just the thing your reading this on right now. There is something in your life you could turn off and spend more time with you kid.
Maybe it isn't a question of you have it on too much, but maybe when you turn it off you forget why. You turned it off so you could have something better for your kids than the TV, but did you actually do something for them that was better? Did you take them outside? Did you go to a park? Did you play a board game with them? Did you do their homework with them? Not did they do their homework, but did you actively sit there and be engaged in what they're doing?
Turn off whatever habit you have for a little while today. That doesn't mean I'm asking the TV addict to not watch any TV, that means if you watch a LOT of TV, maybe you could watch an hour less. Just turn it off and spend some time with your kid instead of cleaning up, this is about your kid, not about getting things done.
This is a good one for us. I have a hard time "disconnecting" sometimes and I fear it's passing on to Kaija sometimes. In the past few days she's been insisting on watching "my TV shows." She's 2 and that's not okay I don't think. I know I perpetuated the problem while pregnant. I was too tired and huge to do anything but lay on the couch and doze while she watched tv. Not such a good mommy few months there. But now that Kolbie is here I feel great. We go outside for at least an hour every day. In fact, it's about time to disconnect now and go play
We spend the past few days outside so did not spend any time on the computer or watching TV. They all enjoyed their time playing together on our play structure and sand box. As Christen knows I spend lotsof time making sure my playrooms and other rooms are looked after so it was hard peeling away from the comp. We even did a picnic this week.
Wow ladies.. I'm way way behind on posting here but I have been super busy with my youngest who has had a horrible rash. Yesterday though we did go without computer and tv's when normally we would have had them on. Got some family photos taken and just all of us spent time together so I suppose that counts! This is something that I know I need to work on more and this is a great way to get me to do it!