my kids read too much.

i've actually never said the above.
and i kinda doubt i ever will. so in our house, we are doing what we can to encourage book indulgence. we have officially kicked off our "reading for media" program in the prentiss household...

(boys playing the new lego star wars that oliver got for his bday!
NOT difficult to get them to play this)
(boys listening and working on a history lesson from the story of the world)
(doesn't count toward minutes as "reading" but a really nice activity that they actually like, but still harder to get them to do this~ like reading.)

you might say we've been known to indulge a little in the media* world. we love movies, mama loves for the kids to quietly watch a show (or two... okay on a bad day, even more!), we love music, u-tube, blogs, games, etc....
all of this adds up~ QUICKLY.
i often feel myself slipping into over indulging with it all, especially during something like a move~ hypothetically speaking of course.
here's my attempt at getting a handle on it all: for every minute that the kids read during the day, they gain a minute of media time (up to a maximum of 60 minutes). they keep track of their own minutes and it all works out beautifully. and by doing this, we are all helped in choosing what is good over what is easy.

the only problem that we've run into is regarding the guitar hero game that the boys just bought at a yard sale. I (the mom who kinda doesn't really get the video game world) LOVE THIS GAME. so i want to bend the rules a little here... but i'll be strong. ;) i promise.

on a side note, THANK you ALL for checking in with me and letting me know you're out there. all of your comments felt like one great big hug!! and really i'm blown away. i thought for sure that i had killed this blog by not contributing for so long.

so thanks for hanging in there. i hope to post at least once a week and at some point, i'll do a "house warming party", blog style of course. wish i could post more!
xo~ kp

*i don't think it's wrong to use extra media with kids to endure a difficult period of life, fyi. so you are not allowed to feel condemned (here) if you have been doing so. it doesn't mean you're a bad mom if you do... we all cope with circumstances differently AND we all have different capacities and convictions. so be free!! now go love your kids!


Your Soulmate said...

can I get in on this? I read a LOT!

april said...

so glad someone else loves guitar hero! :) you are a good mom!

travelingstacey said...

Glad you guys have relocated well! I've missed reading your blog...and I LOVE your pictures! You're so talented! I tend to put the tv on for Sophie in the morning just so she can do something while I wake up. The afternoons I would leave it on for background noise. Now I'm realizing that I can turn the tv off in the afternoons and put on fun music. She begins to play more, sing along, and so do I! But I wouldn't give up my morning wake up time! Blessings to you!

Jean Joiner said...

60 min or less is what we're going for with everett..some days it's tough. but it's a good goal right now.

Amstr said...

I love your idea! We're trying to do some reading at the same time every day so it's just part of the routine. We've also been trying a "movie sabbath" this summer. The first one was quite painful and involved a few tantrums. It's becoming more routine now, and I think we're all having a little more fun. Happy reading!

Lizard said...

Don't feel so bad. Sam and Andrew have completed Wii Lego Star Wars, Indiana Jones AND Batman. Now they are going back through them to find stuff they missed. Ethan just sits there and yells at them. He's a terrible backseat Wii player.