Downtime

Downtime

Sometimes, especially after big days when big things happen, we all need downtime when we just spend time “being” with our children. I have found myself too much lately doing things while my kids are here. I’m not talking about being on my phone while sitting near them when they play. (That’s a whole other topic.) And I don’t even really mean actively playing with them. That’s obviously important, too. I’m talking about doing things that are relaxing, for the kids and parents. For us that means things that are quiet and peaceful…coloring, watching kid movies, cuddling on the couch and looking at or reading books, even watching kid TV. Things that are easy. Things that steer clear of a battle. Today was that kind of day. We had the Toloha Water Walk in the morning and we all just needed to veg for the rest of the day. We did everything easy: movies, pizza on paper plates, treats for them, cuddling on the couch. It was a rainy afternoon…perfect… Find out more about Toloha: www.toloha.org So, what do y’all do to veg with your kids? That almost sounds like an oxymoron. Vegging and kids don’t usually go together....
Time Changes Need Superheroes

Time Changes Need Superheroes

I’m not sure who came up with the whole time change idea, but I’d like to have a conversation with him (I’m sure it was a man). I’m not saying it’s bad altogether. I love having more sunlight in the afternoon. But whyyyyy Suuundaaaay??? (read in a groaning whiny voice)??? Why not Saturday!? (read in a cheerful uplifting sing-songy voice) Here’s my case for changing it from Sunday to Saturday: there’s no school Saturday. That’s it. Sure, you may be saying, there’s not school Sunday either. BUT there’s school Monday! Making time change on Saturday at 2am as opposed to Sunday at 2 am, will give our internal clocks 2 whole days to readjust. Mondays are bad enough already, right!? Anyway, if someone somewhere would like to do something with this, be my guest! I don’t need credit for the brilliancy of my idea. Here’s where the superheroes come in: I tried to soften the blow of this throw-off day by letting my kids wear superhero capes to Aldi. I think it actually made things worse. I think they thought they could defy gravity. The two oldest decided to climb up on the counter (where people bag their groceries and there are signs everywhere saying not to climb on the counter and my kids are NEVER allowed to climb up on ANY counter to begin with). Well, one didn’t make it and he came down on the top of his head. Literally the top. I’m still not sure how this happened. So every person in the check-out line, shook their head and made some comment. The entire group was...