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Friday
Jan312014

Friday 5 | All About the MESSAGE

This week it seems the videos in one way or another all have a strong message. I never know when I start assembling these videos if there will be a prevailing theme. I hope you take some time to enjoy this great content.

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DO SCHOOLS KILL CREATIVITY?

     *If you have children you have to watch this video. It's so incredible to see how schools and adults crush the creativity out of children. It's a long one, but definitely worth the watch. It has fundamentally changed so many ways about how I interact with my own son and the children in his school. Good stuff.*

 

{Click here to watch on YouTube.}

 

BEAUTY PRESSURE

     *Ironically this is made by a beauty company, but it's still really compelling. I also wonder how these images impact our little boys.*

{Click here to watch on YouTube.}

 

BLURRED LINES [FEMINIST PARODY]

     *Smart, funny, engaging-- well done parody! Much love to the creators of this video.*

{Click here to watch on YouTube.}

 

CELL PHONE CRASHING AT THE AIRPORT

     *There used to be a commercial in front of movies ten years ago that sang a little ditty about "inconsiderate cell phone man" and my roommate and I would sing it anytime we saw someone being rude on a phone and that was largely before "smart phones" were widely used. It's only gotten worse and this looks like fun.*

{Click here to watch on YouTube.}

 

TARGET WOMEN: YOGURT

     *If an alien lands on Earth tomorrow, they are going to think women don't enjoy food...just yogurt that tastes like other food they would rather be eating.*

{Click here to watch on YouTube.}

 

Thursday
Jan302014

6 Things I Said I'd Never

"List 6 things you do as a parent that you swore you would never do. "

via @Mama's Losin It Writer's Workshop

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From time to time we all have ideas about things that we have absolutely no business having "ideas" about. I had a lot of "ideas/opinions" about marriage and what it should look/be like before I was anywhere near being married and I also had a lot of ideas about what parents should and should not do with regard to their children. And, what that meant about those parents that did or did not do those things.

Now, it's time to come clean with my NEVERs.

I said I would NEVER and I mean NEVER EVER be a stay-at-home mom.

 

Now while I did work evenings and weekends before Liam began kindergarten. For the purposes of most folks you are defined as a stay-at-home parent if you are home between 9am-5pm and so it was. I can clearly remember the evening I brought up the idea to my husband (he thought it was some sinister trick).

Before I had a child, before I was a mom, I was ADAMANT about not being a stay-at-home mom. I thought it was for women who were less than. But, there's no less than in parenting, there is only different. There is only what works for you and your family and it shouldn't matter to anyone else.

I would NEVER and I mean NEVER EVER bribe my children.

 

Lofty goal I suppose and not something I do every day. But, I say there is a time and a place for a well placed bribe. It is not often that my son has to come to the doctor with me. But just last week I broke my hand, all the orthopedic surgeons I needed to see closed repeatedly for snow, and then there was finally a last minute opening. I am a sign language interpreter this was an ESSENTIAL appointment, his school was closed, so he needed to come with me. I told him if he was quiet (he likes to ask looooooots of questions) and sat still he could have a little something. He chose $1 Star Wars pen at Target. It did not break the bank and I was able to be fully attentive at my appointment. WIN=WIN, I Say.

I would NEVER and I mean NEVER EVER make my child a different meal than we were having.

 

Except that sometimes Mama just needs to SIT DOWN for a meal. And, sometimes we all want something different. We chose to stay home with our son working opposite shifts for the first 5 years so there was never really a family meal routine. Now that we have more of a routine schedule and are all home at the same time, we are working on it. But, even then sometimes Mama just wants to SIT DOWN and ENJOY a meal instead of fight over what is being served.

I would NEVER and I mean NEVER EVER let our child sleep in our room.

 

And, we did NOT EVER for the first three and a half years...EVER. (To be honest I wish we had on occasion.) But, now he does every Friday. We have pizza, we watch America's Funniest Home Videos and then he snuggles with us. Most days he creeps in around 5 or so when Tim's alarm goes off and he always does on vacation. I'm not worried. He'll not be snuggling with us much longer. Our "cool" days are numbered.

I would NEVER and I mean NEVER EVER allow my living room to become a playroom.

 

Except well, we live in a townhouse and there is only so much room. It all started out with a few toys that then became a shelf with bins, the removal of the coffee table and a giant play house that Santa brought in the winter, so we set it up inside....and down the slippery slope we rolled.

I would NEVER and I mean NEVER EVER not love playing on the floor with my kid.

 

As it turns out this is really not my thing...at all. My husband, mom and mother-in-law are all FANTASTIC at this!!! They can play blocks and imaginary Star Wars games all day long. Thank goodness! But, I'll make you a deal. You play on the floor and I'll take all the kids to Chuck E. Cheese or into the city to a festival or parade or super overcrowded museum, because that stuff all makes my heart sing. It takes a village. It takes a family. Let's just all do what we do best, m'kay?!

Wednesday
Jan292014

Not Just A Recap, A WeekCap

Inspired to post more I want to get back into vlogging. More importantly I'd really love to joing the daily vlogging movement.

That said and with a little inspiration from Mama Kat's Vlogging Workshop and It's Grace here's a weekly recap.

Let me know what you think and if you'd like to see more of these.

{Click here to watch on YouTube.}

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