I need to come clean.
I have 3 shows I watch, like religiously: a show about magic, a show about revenge and a show about country music. (Don’t judge please!) I have no qualms sitting in front of the TV for those 3 shows I get really excited about.
And when my daughter asks to watch Mary Poppins, or Brave or the Dinosaur train (or play her Fashion App on my Ipad) for the up-teenth time, I do my best to say yes. I don’t even keep track of when she has last seen or done any of them (which if you must know, she doesn’t do on a daily basis.)
I am done with worrying anymore. Not worth it.
I’ve made peace with media in our lives (finally!)
You want to know how and why?
It’s because media for my family takes the exact amount of space in our lives that feels just right. (Which is not so much.)
We design our everyday life just the way we want it.
We design our everyday life based on what we truly deeply value as a family.
So our life is full of creating, playing, going on nature walks and outdoor exploration, reading books, making books, going to the library, exploring our city and beyond, cooking food, enjoying food, sometimes growing food, hanging out with friends, having fun together, scheming of how we can make a difference our way, growing, learning and more.
In short, we fill our lives with the things we love!.
And we enjoy watching our favorite shows that make our heart merry when we feel like it (or least entertains us for a wee bit.)
(And might I add, that maybe perhaps discipline is about making space in our lives for the things that truly light us up and making sure we are growing in these things that make us come alive? That this is the kind of discipline we all could use more of, including our children? This might be another post for another day.)
Now I have to talk about that universal mama guilt we all have based on how much our children watch TV. Or perhaps the opposite, the mama pride based on how much our children don’t.
Let’s just get over that shall we?
The more we focus on the lack, on where we are failing, on what is not happening, on what is not working, well, we get more of that.
So if you are in the trenches of mama guilt or isolated in your mama pride, why not take this opportunity to tweak your life a bit to include more of what you and your family truly want, what you and your family truly desire and value?
Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear.