A weekly list of things I love and what’s going on with me.
The latest thing I love: acai bowls. (That’s pronounced ah-sigh-ee by the way.) I read this recipe and was intrigued, but I wanted to try one first, to see if I liked it before I made my own. So Z and I spent a sunshiney afternoon at the wading pool at Volunteer Park, and then went to Healeo, where we shared this:
It was delicious! Pretty much like eating ice cream, but with sort of a thick smoothie base instead of the ice cream, and lots of healthy topping options. I want to try to make up my own recipe, based on a mashup between Kristen’s and this bowl. I’ll probably follow Kristen’s recipe except for the nut butter and I might use a different protein powder. I’ll let you know how it turns out!
This is one of the better explanations I have read about what it’s like to decide to be a parent. At least for me. I have always wanted to have a child, but it’s impossible for me to know what I don’t know about my “sister lives”–and I find that haunting and excruciating and beautiful all at once. If you’re trying to decide whether to have children, or if you’re just a human being alive in your own messy glory…it’s a beautiful read.
I’m fascinated by this blog–the story of someone who felt that her child’s media consumption had become harmful to him, and how she decides to heal him. It’s inspiring to see someone so honest and open to making changes.
This is such a big and fuzzy issue for me, since like anything with parenting it touches on my own habits and values. In general, I think I would like to put off Zane’s exposure to any kind of screen time as long as possible. But it’s another thing to do that on a practical level.
Right now, Z watches zero TV since I am the only tv-watcher in the family, and I only do it after he goes to bed. No video games, since dad is the only video-gamer in the house and he plays on the computer in his office (on the rare occasion he gets the chance.) So those are not really issues for us yet.
That leaves the area where we’re a little grey: iPhones and iPads. They’re pretty much ever-present in our home (and our hands!) We don’t let him play games of his own, but we will occasionally let him look at the iPad, and boy does it stick with him! He calls the iPad the “airplane” machine because dad will do a search for airplanes and let him see all the cool photos. I have to say it’s disturbing how insistent he is when he sees the iPad laying around. And the more frequently we do it, the more he wants it.
So I guess this has been a mini lesson for me in screen time. We’ve stopped showing him stuff on the iPad unless we’re in a particular place like a restaurant, where we need him to settle for a while. And that is so convenient, I’m not willing to give it up.
I am sure this issue will get much more complex as Z gets older. The longer I am a parent the less I feel like I have all the answers–for my own family, never mind anyone else’s. Although I have to say that is another reason I adore the Waldorf philosophy of education: limited (or no) screen time is a part of their core values. I can use all the help I can get!
What do you think or do about screen time and your little one? How did it change as they got older?