I purchased my 2 year old an iPad for his birthday; people judged me pretty hard for it. Personally I think that is was a great gift. It is very common knowledge that you should not allow your children to have too much screen time no matter what kind of screen they are staring at (tv, tablet, or computer). I have very strict rules with my sons iPad and honestly he gets it taken away a lot because of his little toddler tantrums. When his time is up he rarely wants to give it up but I make him; not only because he doesn’t need to be staring at a screen all day but because I want it to continue to be a treat. Over the last 2 months it has saved me a few times. If I need to make an important phone call I give him the iPad, when we are in church I bring his iPad, when we go out to a restaurant with my siblings or friends he gets his iPad. Do I allow his table to be a babysitter? Yes, for short periods of time I do. I don’t feel this is wrong at all. As parents we are all aware that we cannot entertain our children 24/7 or we would never get anything done so when I need him to be entertained and quiet at the same time insert iPad.
Mondays are made for laziness around here—especially the rainy ones. I work 2nd shift at the hospital on Saturday and Sunday nights; I do not get home sometimes until 1am. Monday morning’s Grey and I sleep in pretty late; this morning we didn’t even open our eyes until 10:15am and it took us another 15 minutes to actually make it out of the bed. On Mondays we have brunch, because we sleep through breakfast. We do not take our pajamas off all day, and I do not even put a bra on. We lay around all day and watch movies and Bubble Guppies (Lord help!), we play games on his iPad, and do puzzles, sometimes we even get off the couch—to lay in the floor and play cars. There is nothing stressful about our Mondays; the most hated day in the world happens to be my favorite. I am sure that some people would have a fit knowing that I do not even comb our hair for one whole day every week. I place no pressures or expectations on us. If I feel like cleaning I will, but if I don’t.. It WILL be there tomorrow. I let Grey lead our playtime activities… whatever he wants to do is fine by me. We don't rush anything, and we don't have a schedule. Often we will take a late nap, like today we didn't wake up from our nap until 6:00 pm. It was glorious!
I think that too many parents are putting too much pressure on themselves and not taking enough time to relax and enjoy their children. I know that most of you will not be able to take a day every week to just turn the world off, but you should try to at least take a day a month. Relax however you feel best suits your family. To some people relaxing is a nice long drive to nowhere, fishing on the shady banks of a river, or lounging in the backyard all day—whatever it is to you please do it. I am going to refrain from giving you the “life is short” speech or even the “they grow up so fast” speech; we all already know this, we just forget. I hope that you are able to find some time with your family this week to just be together; close your work, facebook, twitter, the news, and anything else that might distract you from relaxing and enjoying the beautiful family that you have built.
Hello! Welcome to my page. Let me introduce myself, my name is Sami. I am a single mother to a wonderful little boy who is the love of my life. I love cooking, reading, couponing, and traveling. Being a parent is the greatest adventure I have ever been on in my life. My goal is to try and not screw him up too bad. I suffer with Borderline Personality Disorder, controlled most of the time. Sometimes my BPD gets the best of me and wins the battle. But the war is yet to be won. Thank you for joining me and I hope you enjoy my life as much as I do.