I read this today, it is from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book ‘Everyday Blessings’.
“I will make every effort to see who my children actually are, and to remember to accept them for who they are at every age, rather than be blinded by my own expectations and fears. By making a commitment to live my own life fully and to work at seeing and accepting myself as I am, I will be better able to accord a similar acceptance to my children. In this way I can help them to grow and to realize their potential as unique beings.”
Last week I went to a literacy workshop at our Parent-Child Centre. It was just fantastic. Our little boy is almost 18 months so he’s in the throws of talking and processing books and learning to read. Now that my eyes have been opened to a few things regarding literacy development, it’s even more interesting to watch his little brain learn, develop and change.
The biggest take away for me was learning about how (and I quote from a brochure I received) “The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly discourages television viewing for children ages two years old or younger, and encourages interactive play.”
I truly had no idea of this! I am thankful that we still have not exposed our son to much tv. I have turned it on during a couple of occasions when my husband was away for 9 days, and I needed a little help!
The other brilliant thing I took away is that when tv is eventually introduced, do your best to use the media with your children. This allows you to know what they are seeing and hearing, see how they are responding, talking about what they are experiencing, and give you opportunity to ask them questions to help them think about what they are experiencing.
Although it won’t be for a while yet, whenever our son does get exposed to television down the road, I definitely am interested in both of us watching this show…I stumbled across it the other day and fell in love! Check it out. Love the music.
Peace and love,
I am in no manner ever going to have surgery to reduce my age, but now that I’m in my early 30s, I see a few lines. I’m still young and this will only increase, but still, it’s slowly dawning.
As Lisa Borgnes said in her article “Aged to Perfection”: “Character. Age. Patina. Why do we value these qualities in our possessions but not in ourselves?”
‘Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.’
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
I enjoyed this post today. Reminding me of my marriage and how important it is to me. And a coincidence because Andrew brought me home gladiolas yesterday! The flower we had at our wedding 5 years ago.