Friday, July 13, 2012

Dino Overboard!

That's Mr. Bear in the background, still napping.
 Did your kids go through the "Let me see how many times Mom will pick this up after I throw it on the floor" phase? We're in it now. I love it and hate it all at the same time. I love it because I get to interact with Liam in a new way. It goes without saying why I hate it. The newest items to sail through the air are his tiny sleep buddies. Dino, D.O.G., Blue Bear, Mr. Bear and Bananas. He used to sleep with just one, but now the whole gang comes for a sleepover every night. Inevitably, we're awoken by him screaming, only to find that all the buddies have been thrown overboard. Do I stop giving them back to teach the consequence and hopefully break the habit?

A few things from this week's show that are worth a second share:

Have you ever wondered why kids ask Dad to pretend like he's a doggy? Sure, they get to ride on his back and listen to him bark, but Dr. Greg Smalley's observations have led him to a bigger conclusion: When we're playing with the dog, we get it's undivided attention and if Dad is doing his best doggy impression, he doesn't have a free hand to check his email or watch TV. This was an eye-opening article for me. Let's try to make fun a priority in our families! Let go of the distractions and focus on the kids!

And speaking of our 4-legged friends, if your son or daughter is not a big fan of reading, struggles with reading or just plain doesn't want to do it over the summer, why not give him or her a non-judgemental audience? A dog tutor! Too fun!

Last, but certainly not least, the phrase, "Faith Like A Child" conjures up the same symbolism for most. We should trust God like a child trusts his parents. No doubts about where the next meal is coming from or if they will be there when you need them. Kids just know their parents won't fail them. What about this thought? Kids get grace. Read it for yourself and then listen to your kids to hear God revealed through their words or tiny wisdom!

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  1. I am going through the same thing with my 10mth old son. I think its like a fun game to him (the way mommy reacts to him throwing the object on the floor). Anyways, if the sleep buddies are causing an interference with him sleeping at night, then perhaps they dont need to be in his crib. And perhaps you should take away that sleep buddy, after all you are his mommy and you know best.
    Parenting and marriage topics mixed with actual experiences, might be worth discussing.

  2. Yeah, I'm starting to think we might be enabling the habit. Might have to nix the buddies! Glad to know he's at the right age for it.