i'm sure many of you have read the article 'how to miss a childhood'... i know i have, a couple of times actually. with that, i must admit that i am guilty. i'm not guilty of all of it, but after reading it i did hang my head in shame a little bit. so...
'hi. my name is betsy and i am addicted to my cell phone.'
it's pretty sad actually... i have all these 'rules' for the boys to earn screen time, but what about me? i always check my phone, or computer (it is always on and my office is right next to the kitchen) with the intention 'oh.. they're playing so nicely, i'm just going to check it quick.' well, quick turns into five minutes, which turns into ten and before you know it i've been on there thirty minutes (and the only thing that snapped me back to reality is one of my little men asking for my attention). of course, that is followed by me getting annoyed that they're 'bugging' me and i get annoyed. ugh.. horrible!
not to mention my phone... 'oh, the cell phone.' what a blessed curse it is. don't get me wrong, i love that i can take pictures and videos so easily (not to mention mail them to ben, since he works out of town so much)... but again, it is vicious cycle... take a picture, 'edit' it with instagram, upload it to facebook, check facebook while i'm there, (again 5 minutes has passed), get an email notification while i'm on it, check email... you get the idea.
my new goal is to be here more for my kids. follow their lead. play games that i really don't want to play (i'm being honest here). read books for the one millionth time (this week).
luckily, i have some good kids that know how to get my attention (besides screaming, of course)... they don't allow me to do the 'uh huh' back to them when they tell or ask me something, their questions always demand a REAL answer.... 'isn't it so sad that the bulldozer knocked over the tower?' 'uh huh, that's really sad.' 'why do you think it's sad, that is what a bulldozer is supposed to do?' 'damn... (in my head)'.
and the absolute best... 'mom, can you please drive with two hands. it makes me really nervous when you're not concentrating on the road.' well then, that surely puts someone in their place.
anyways, i have started making a few rules/goals before i earn my own screen time (unless the kids are in bed, because then i have a date with downton abbey, no questions about it)
1. move my comfy office chair to the basement and sit on an uncomfortable folding whenever i want to sit at my computer.
2. have no dishes in the sink before i sit down at my computer
(i know these rules are pathetic... i'm a lazy bum... i'm giving you all a glimpse into my 'real' life)
3. turn my phone text messages on silent during the day... if it's really important, please call me
4. throw in a load of laundry before i sit down on my computer
i'm sure these will change and be updated, but for now... that is what i have.
i am off... my train track building abilities are being summonsed!