I gave myself permission to be a big slacker this week. I wanted to be lazy.
What I learned this week
by jamieivey | Mar 29, 2009 | My Story | 7 comments
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Jamie, you have hit upon exactly the areas I struggle with … too much time on the computer, not getting up before the kids and feeling grumpy and groggy because of it, etc. etc. etc. I won’t even go there with the exercise thing. This week my hubby’s gone and it will be stretch for me, but I want to try and be a good steward of my time as well. Thank you for setting the bar!
I thought I would comment since God has been dealing with me in the same area as goals.
My son, Cade, is 4 and he LOVES movies!! It’s rediculous! He was such a hard baby that when he was just months old I realized he really liked to watch TV and it kept him quiet. Becuase I was a mom at my wits end, I let him do it. Well it turned in to an overwhelming habit!! He wanted to watch TV 24/7. About a year and a half ago I started him in day care where they obviously don’t watch TV and found (by observation) that he really did play quite well and was okay without a TV. But turning the TV on once he got home as just too easy and so I never helped alleviate the feeding of his craving for TV. Now that I have a 7 month old who also seems to like TV i said NOOO WAYY! Is this going to happen again and decided that everyday I won’t turn the TV on unless the kids are BOTH napping, or it’s after dinner time. SO we don’t turn the TV on around here till about 7 and then we turn it off again to read before bedtime (another new goal). It has helped me feel like such a more active parent!! I love it and it’s one less thing driving me crazy all day!
I know that so many people already do this and it may seem like an easy task, but for me, it works so well, and it wasn’t something I thought was super important before I started doing it. Even my husband, who at first thought it was stupid, upholds the no TV till dinner rule!! It’s exciting to also see us come together on something like that.
Oh, Jamie, we are living parallel lives. Right down to the string cheese. 🙂 Once I’m no longer pregnant, I want to get in shape, wake up earlier, and spend less time online, too!
can you tell me what fb is?
FB = facebook
huge time waster for me!
Wow! How did you run pushing THOSE two big boys. You’re awesome… I’d better go ahead and start training for the Bearathon next year so you don’t totally leave me in your dust…
As for getting up early…I’m SUCH a huge fan of getting up before the kids. I started getting up at 5:30 about a year or so ago and not to exaggerate, but my-life-is-totally-different. I’m able to get all my “big rocks” in in the morning – Bible study, prayer, exercise, getting dressed etc.
I don’t really know how I started getting up so early…I just tried and there was grace to help me along. Now, I love that time and I don’t really like to sleep in.
Anyway, all that to say I’ll be praying that this is a successful week for you!
I have been feeling this myself. Derek and I have recently had some talks about using time bettter and having more “relaxed” time together at night. That requires me to engage more during the day! Thanks for the encouragement, even though that may not have been your purpose! And I’m not going to call you out on FB b/c I don’t plan on being on there either…haha:):)