Thursday, November 29, 2012

It's a TV Morning...Or So I Thought

Sharky Boy on the iPad
All the kids are sick with colds. They are mild but just enough to make them extra cranky, demanding and whiny. Which adds up to me feeling a bit on edge, because I too can feel my body fighting it off. We didn't sleep too well last night as 2 of the kids woke up and so up and down I went for a good part of the night.

And then everyone was up at 6:45. I was unable to function. I could barely open my eyes let along get out of bed. So I groggily pleaded hubby to get up. He had to get up for work anyways. So he did and I was able to sleep in until 8 when he had to go.

The morning went something like this...

While I tried to eat my breakfast...

They all needed something at the same time. They cried and whined and bugged each other.

So I spent some time with each of them, cuddling and giving them hugs and kisses...

It helped them feel good for a few minutes and they did play after but I could tell they were tired, annoyed that their noses were running and probably feeling as icky as I do.

So again, they cried and whined and bugged each other.

I tried to put Bebecita down for a nap, but she didn't go to sleep. I encouraged the older two to make some puzzles and do other restful activities. No go. Going out for a walk was not an option because it was FREEZING and to be honest I didn't have the energy to put on everyone's snowsuits and end up having to push them all in the stroller when I could barely move myself around.

So I made them a yummy snack of hummus and crackers and cups full of water and I plopped them in front of the TV.

The house was quiet and happy and my head wasn't buzzing.

Problem fixed.

Or so I thought.

Within 10 minutes they were at it again.

"I can't see!"

"Don't push me off the sofa!"


I felt my forehead twitch and the lava boiling in my tummy. I was this close to snapping.

But I didn't. Don't know how I did it, but I didn't have a knee-jerk-anger reaction. Some deep breaths helped. And I decided to get down and play with them. We created a fun game completely led by them that involved Barbies, superheros, stuffies and cars.

It only took about 15 minutes of playing and they were happy. Actually happy, not the surface happy that they got from watching TV. And the amazing thing is that it lasted for the rest of the day.


I was yet again reminded of the amazing power of connection. Of that one-on-one connection children thrive on through play, active listening and of us just being present, even through the rough patches.

TV is my friend sometimes, but not always. I know this, but on really hard days it's easy to want to give in and give up. Some days that's what you do need, and others it's not. What's important to me is that by being connected and aware with my kids, I can sense when they need more from me. And I'm glad I was reminded of this important lesson today.

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