Parenting 101.

Poor Owen watched an illegal amount of television on Tuesday. He started with Wall-E after lunch and then moved onto PBS kids shortly thereafter. The tube was still on when the children got home from school. I think that totals 3 1/2 hours in one sitting. All while I was laid up on the couch. A stuffy nose, sore throat, and insomnia had finally caught up with me and I took advantage of Audrey's 4 hour afternoon nap. To make up for the neglect, yesterday was a no TV, staying out of the basement, enjoying the sunshine kind of day. We printed off tracing pages from here and colored and played.
His letter writing skills are improving and I couldn't be more proud.

I pray that days like this are what he remembers about being home with mommy and days like Tuesday are quickly forgotten. Fingers crossed.

13 comments:

  1. Oh Danyelle, you are such a wonderful mother to your children. No doubt that memories of Tuesday will fade away. And for that matter do I dare admit how many days like that I am hoping vanish from my childrens memories? Sometimes a mommy just needs a break (for sanity) and sometimes the TV is the easiest way to acheive it.

    My girls have been grounded from the TV and the computer for the last week. And I think that I should find more reasons to ground them (LOL) because a week with no tV/computer has been a great way to break the habit. They get their priveleges back today though and I am sure they will be anxious to catch up on some Scooby Doo. And, lucky for them, Abby is coming for a lesson, so they'll get the chance!

    See you later :)

    (Those tracing pages are just what Lorelai needs. I think I'll print some off for her. Thanks for the link!)

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  2. I absolutely love all the resources available to us in this day and age! Do It Yourself Tracing Pages are perfect for keeping the kids off the tube!

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  3. Don't you love that you can get tracing sheets off the internet? I found that if you slide the tracing sheets into plastic sheet protectors, you can assemble them all in a binder and he can trace with dry erase markers, which can be cleaned off and reused.

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  4. I promise he'll remember this much more than Tuesdays! :)

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  5. I agree with Shan, I am sure that there were things about my childhood that were less than stellar, but I do not remember them at all. I remember the really great times we had as a family. I too, cling to that hope when I have days like your Tuesday.

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  6. You're an amazing mother--I only hope I can be as good as you. Childhood is full of memories, and somehow we forget the not-so-good ones. Besides, I bet he loved it.

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  7. You inspire me...glad to hear that you too have days like that, and that I am not alone.

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  8. We've had many a day like your Tuesday in our house. You are not alone ;)

    I second the idea of putting them in sheet protectors and placing them in a binder. Jake used Carson and Kaiya's one time and was completely hooked, so we had to make our own. He uses his all the time and loves it!

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  9. I'm sure it's already faded!

    You can also create your own tracers here:

    http://www.kidzone.ws/tracers/usa/index.asp

    Love the internet!

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  10. What a great idea to use these work sheets. I am printing them off right now just to keep on hand :) Love your ideas as usual and don't be so hard on yourself! You are a wonderful mother in every sense of the word! :)

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  11. i have sayed this prayer many times. he will remember the good times. deffinately. and nicole's idea about using dry erase markers - genius. thanks for the link.

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  12. I think we all have days where we feel less than stellar as moms, it's hard to be 100% all of the time. Owen looks so cute concentrating on his littl o's he's writing. That's great that he will sit down and work on things like that.

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  13. oh, I wouldn't worry about days like tuesday. I have the fondest memories of my childhood that involve midnight runs to 7-11 and m&ms and diet coke while dad was working graveyard. I'm sure my mother is horrified but I LOVED it. life was good! and I'm guessing that's exactly what O would say if you asked him about tuesday! :)

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