Boy have we had lots of family time this week… with school closings on Tuesday and Wednesday and today!

Go Diego Go and I have spent lots of time together and the best part we got to spend some time with hubbie as well…

I think Go Diego Go was missing his special time with us since we’d been out of town for two weekends in a row….

I saw an amazing change in him from Tuesday on (I picked him up at noon). He had been a cranky terrible terrible two Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday morning…

I swear it was the time out time that we got from our weekly routine on Tuesday and Wednesday and of course now today…

We had a break in routine on Tuesday and then on Wednesday he actually played with mommy and daddy or shall I say “mami and papi”… We ate lunch together as a family and then he headed off to bed for naptime…

He got in a good nap and since then all has been smooth sailing…

A good nap and some time with mom and dad is important in all children’s lives… When I say time, I am talking about quality time… not just watching tv together or being in the same room… but actually paying cdxattention, listening, and actively participating in your child’s life even if it is only for 10 or 15 minutes at a time…

Obsviously more time spent giving your child positive attention the better… but in this day in age… as it said in the book I am reading… Our society no longer prescribes rest time and/or fun time… It actually has absorbed almost if not all of it…

If you consider that internet, email, and calls make you readily available to anyone at anytime… there’s is no alone time, no time to regroup, no time to refresh, and no time to just be.

For kids, it’s the same as well… They are placed into schools earlier with structured curriculums… I think school is great for an 18 month old or 2 year old for socialization and exploration…

I don’t believe in the rush for your 2 year old to memorize their numbers and colors… exposure ok… teaching those basics at 2 not necessary…

See that’s what preKindergarten is supposed to be about… but teachers, parents, etc… expect preKindergarteners to come to school with some knowledge… well I thought that’s what teachers were for… teaching your children…

Don’t get me wrong I believe 100% in parents re-enforcing their child’s lessons at home… but teachers should be teaching academics not social education and parents should be teaching socialization and re-enforcing academics…

It seems that in elementary schools these days, many children know the basics of academics but have no solid foundation in manners, respect, and courtesy. So our teachers have to take a couple of steps back to teach manners, respect, and courtesy before getting to the academics… what a waste of time…

My mother always says, “If you don’t parent your child at home, someone else will”.

Kiddos are getting more and more homework at younger ages and recess is being yanked away from them…

How sad is that? Our kids are living way more stressful lives than our grandparents ever dreamed for them…

Back to family time… Family time, rest time, and just “be” time is part of learning how to say no and learning how to say yes to what’s important to us!

We must begin to set boundaries at work, schools, socially, and with ourselves in order to bring back that peaceful time of just being…

Why should we sacrifice our lives, the lives of others and the lives of our children and drive in the ice because it’s a weekday and our companies demand it… there is no law which says you cannot defend your family or yourself… Fear keeps us from saying no to our bosses instead of saying yes to our families needs.

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