Good Mom/Bad Mom.

I’ve been a “bad” mom lately.

Do you ever think that way? Not a good feeling. I think us mothers always feel the pressure to do what is best for our children and when we don’t rise to our own expectations we can get pretty bummed out.

From the time M was two months old, I have been reading to her almost every single day. With such a love for books it was pretty natural to me to read books to her especially right before bedtime.

Lately, for some reason and (please don’t ask me how this happened, I don’t know, really), reading took a backseat but I rectified thatย real quick.ย 

I got her a couple Mickey Mouse Clubhouse dvds recently. Her love affair with Mickey Mouse grew daily and I felt it was ok and time to get her actual Mickey Mouse dvds instead of watching clips of it on youtube. She loved them and I was able to in turn, get a lot of stuff done around the house so I thought this was a win-win situation. I thought this is grrrrrrrrrrreat! I felt SO productive!

Right before this shot, I had to pull her from what was the tenth time.

Right after this quick super fast shot, I had to pull her away from the TV for the tenth time. Yikes.

 

Next thing you know, the kiddo is eating, breathing, and sleeping without uttering the word “Mickey Mouse”. She became obsessed with him and I found myself reading less and less with her.

Not to mention that the APA doesn’t recommend that kids under two watch TV. I never knew why though. I would see that piece of advice everywhere but they never went into as to WHY. Until I read a recent article where the reason for that is, something to do with children’s brains not being fully developed until they are two years old. In the meantime, the brain is processing objects as flat on TV when in reality they are not so it is distorting how things really do look like. It can affect their sleep. Plus many of the cartoons are violent and we don’t even realize it. Something to that effect.

Whaaaaaaaaat?

I think this calls for a separate post all together because I can go on and on about this topic. My daughter still watches her Mickey Mouse dvds. And Dora. And Saturday morning cartoons. It is impossible to eliminate it all together. But I put a limit on those now. Big time.

Since I work half days on Fridays, I took advantage of this and took M to the local library this past Friday. If you read myย Summer Review Post, I mentioned how our neighborhood built a brand spankin’ new library just minutes from where I live.

So off we went and picked up a few books. It was a great feeling. As I was peeling books off the shelves M was ready to accept them one by one easily.

Literally immersed herself in books.

Literally immersed herself in books.

 

 

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After we hit up the library, we stopped by our corner pizzeria and were able to sit alfresco style which is probably the last time we will be able to in Chicago, as they are predicting cooler temps in the next seven days.

But then again, it is Chicago.

So now we got some books and can get our reading on again. I took her for a spin in her stroller a few times around the block and M continued to sift through the books and pages. It was quite fitting when we passed through the university campus that we live next to. She looked so scholarly among the other students.

I think as moms we tend to underestimate sometimes the ability to see something lacking or wrong in our children’s life. We definitely kick butt though and should give ourselves more credit. We can smell these things from a mile away.

I sure did.

Just fyi-I was not compensated at all for this post. All opinions ย are my own.

Comments

  1. There are few things that make me happier than seeing a child with a book. Your little M is adorable!
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  2. I love Mickey Mouse as well :). Your little M is so adorable. I like the way she is going through those books so intently.
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  3. Loved this post because I have always loved reading to my children & now grandchildren. I watch my 15 month old FT. It is such fun to watch her sitting on the floor near her bookshelf, have her pull off books, turn the pages & hear her chattering. It is as if she is “reading”. And we truly cannot underestimate the bonding that takes place when they are sitting in our laps. The closeness is precious. By the way, I bet you are a wonderful mom ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing this post at the SITS as I was your neighbor this morning!
    Have a great Saturday,
    Joanne
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    • Chi City Mom says:

      Thank You Joanne! I guess I got sidetracked every since we got her these Mickey Mouse DVDs,but when I saw she started to be only into those that was the first thing I did was head to the library ๐Ÿ™‚

      15 months! Pretty close to my daughter’s age. It truly is the best way to bond with children. My mom used to take us to the library and I want to continue that same practice ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. OMG! my son is the same! he can’t get enough of Tarzan and Jane! I have to change this ASAP! thanks for sharing!
    P.S. saying hi from the SITSgirls Saturday link up! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chi City Mom says:

      Hahaha Tarzan and Jane huh? How cute! I know we have to catch these things-she was practically saying Mickey Mouse in her sleep!

  5. My middle son was obsessed with Mickey Mouse too. And I let all three of them watch a ton of TV. They’re adults now and none the worse for wear. Just relax and enjoy the heck out of them. Here’s a post you might enjoy. http://www.adrianscrazylife.com/2007/06/teach-your-child-to-read.html
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    • Chi City Mom says:

      Thanks Adrian! I think balance is a key, we should let them enjoy some cartoon fun but also make sure balance it out with play and reading. Thanks for the link! I’ll check it out!

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