Author Anna Quindlen wrote this perceptive paragraph in her book, Loud and Clear:
“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less”(Loud and Clear , 10–11).
So take some time this week to burn some memories to your mental hard drive, and enjoy some time with your kids. Even if their noses have been running for a solid month now!
-- Dr. Lash
Friday, February 13, 2009
It's the elephant in the living room. 99% of American households own a television, and the typical schoolchild spends as much time watching TV as she does in class. But before you throw your set (or, let's be honest - sets) out the window, Dimitri Christakis has some suggestions for making TV work for your family. Christakis is the director of the Child Health Institute at the University of Washington, and he talked to KUER about how parents can take charge of their children's viewing and make it a beneficial part of their life. Check it out here.