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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Counting Rainbows And Fire Hydrants

A simple thing: Living

When we go out anywhere, my son wants to take his leapfrog. I say no most times. He is not happy. I do not care.

I encourage them to look at people, things, nature. I always see the sunrise and sunset and things happening with the atmosphere around us and point it out to my children. I want them to be aware of daylight and night time and life in general.

If their heads are always buried in an electronic game, then they miss everything. They miss out on life.

Right now they count the fire hydrants and try to make it a competition of who can find the most on their side of the road. GREAT! As long as their minds are engaged.

Or they try to find the most awesome vehicles.

Or just anything really. I like it that way.

I love talking, singing, laughing, bonding with them while driving.  I especially love doing funny voices and faces and making them laugh until their cheeks hurt!

When I was a child, I was in an orphanage. I didn't go out like regular folks, but when we did go out (I think it was only for church), I'd fight to sit at a window! I wanted to feel the breeze. I wanted to see and smell everything! I still remember those feelings.
I saw everything I could through my one eyeball.  It's a precious thing that remains with me and I want to pass on the importance of being aware and enjoying living with my children.

After they get home, then they can have alone time with their gadget.

When they are young, start with the little things. Don't let your children forget how to be alive.

Soon I'll be dealing with teens or tweens (not sure what age that part is), so for now we'll be finding and counting rainbows and fire hydrants.


How are car trips for you?
Is everyone doing their own thing with a gadget?
Or do you interact with each other regularly?
  
And we are doing the Sillies of course :)
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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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30 comments :

  1. This is really nice. My older ones are into the gadgets and take them with them wherever they go (the older three, their phones). I don't let the little man, and he could care less (right now). My husband is a gadget man too...reading the news or whatever on his iTouch the entire time we eat out.

    Once we went to a 4th of July and all of the older ones (hubby included) were looking at their screens instead of the fireworks. Crazy thing, that. I don't like it.

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    1. Rosey, I wouldn't like it either.
      I think we are missing out on bonding and doing things together when we put our time and energy in the screen instead of on the people we are supposed to be with, Esp when we go out together.

      Maybe you should have a meeting?

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    2. It's be easier if hubby was on board, but he is addicted too and it makes it soo much harder to get them to listen to reason.

      There's time limits on the phone for my daughter, and my little one gets 45 minutes a day (he usually splits it up half in the morning and half after school).

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    3. It is true. It would be a lot easier. And you know how kids are, they are doing to point out that daddy (influencer) is doing it, so why should they not.

      Seems you already have a system with the children that is working.

      We already know that we can't push our spouse towards anything, but only try to influence them to do otherwise. So just keep working with the children and hopefully with a few nudges, your hubs will start to realize the need to unplug when it's much needed.

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  2. I was lucky, gadgets were not really around yet while raising my little ones and so we focused on the things around us. Of course, I am sure I had other issues, just can't pull it out of my brain right now LOL. Anyway, I think it sounds great what you are doing with your little ones,balance, it is all in balancing the use of things!!
    That cop funny put a smile on my face :)

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    1. Thank you Lucy.
      That's what I'm trying for, balance.

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  3. Great post.

    I remember on long drives doing the abc game with road signs.

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  4. I agree with you and think kids really need a break from electronics so they can be a part of the real world.

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  5. That was a great post for me today. I do the opposite of you. When we have to travel somewhere, we encourage T to stop moaning about the drive by doing some puzzles or creating a picture on her iPad. We downloaded some learning apps like math and English for her to practice. When we are home, I want her /their full attention to whatever it is that we as a family are engaging in.
    I think you are correct in letting them enjoy nature. It is very important to appreciate the little things we take for granted. As you pointed out. Thank you for participating in Thursday Two Questions meme. I am glad you're able to join us this week. Have a wonderful weekend. I will be back to catch-up with your posts. ;-)

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    1. I love that you garner their full attention when the family needs to engage.

      Thank you for sharing and I love participating in TQT :)

      Happy Weekend to you!

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  6. What a great post - take time to stop and smell the roses... LOL... My kids and I always play I SPY and they see so much more than I do!

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    1. LOL Same here Shauna! They always see more than I do.
      Thank you :)

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  7. Great insight! I agree! Video games are taking over too much and our children don't learn to stop and smell the roses!

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  8. My son is great about noticing things and reading street signs. That usually keeps him busy while we're in the car.
    Great lesson you're sharing for parents!

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  9. Love these what a funny round. he said papers I said scissors LMAO

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  10. we play " I spy" when we go places ;)
    its fun and we get to interact

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    1. I love the Ispy! Esp when they start to get loud.
      Thanks Noelle

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  11. Nice post, Colette. I think you are right. But if they feel bad after you said "no" then try to divert onto something else fairly quickly. Like car games until you get there, finding things or doing the alphabet with things.

    How are car trips for you? Is everyone doing their own thing with a gadget?
    It's grandkids with us. We bring our three-year-old's iPad but don't let her know it. When she gets bored or restless maybe waiing in a half-hour line then we might get it out for her.

    Or do you interact with each other regularly?
    We try to do that all the time when we are with them, it helps make for later memories.
    ..

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    1. I agree with you Jim and I do :) I rarely say no. I have clever ways around those two letters :)

      Thank you for sharing.

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  12. I like your thinking about this matter Colette. Many young persons' faces are buried in computer games, laptops etc these days. At times you can hardly get a word out of them. Keep on being a good mother.

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    1. Thank you Judy :) I'm trying for balance.

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I appreciate your thoughts - Colette

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