Yesterday I started an experiment. I’m trying to see if I can go a week without my kids seeing me use the computer. This means, no checking email, facebook, instagram, etc when they’re around. Perhaps it’s the social scientist in me (what’s left anyway), but I’m curious to see what effects, if any, this has on the kids or me. I know modeling can play a role in parenting, so I’m curious about it.
If I’m being really honest with myself though, I’m feeling a bit of a disconnect lately and I’m wondering if I’m in need of a cleanse. So let’s be real: this “experiment” is probably largely motivated by selfish reasons.
Here are my notes from day 1:
Morning – check email before kids come down for breakfast. Sat through breakfast. Feeling itchy. Walked by phone. Almost checked Instagram.
After school – Met the kids at the bus stop. Walked in the door. Kids went to grab a snack, I checked my email. FAIL.
and from Day 2 (today):
Difficult time again this morning. Ellie came down before I did this morning so no time to check email. The pull. So strong. Aaaaaaah!!
I imagine I will fail several times during this experiment. Meh. [shrugs shoulders] It happens.
And now for the links…
We did it! YOU did it! Now let’s do more!
The beautiful vulnerability of our inner child
Why are Finland’s Schools So Successful?
A new-to-me illustrator I love
This isn’t just adorable, it’s crazy clever too. I would expect no less from Curly Birds though.
I can relate. I bet you can too.
Ooh! Our very own Jennifer Buchet was recently published in the children’s magazine Apple Seeds. Pick up a copy to read her piece about the life of a cabin boy on a voyage to New Spain during the early 1500s.