When I made my new year’s resolutions, I made them because those changes were changes I had wanted to make in my life for a considerable length of time. The start of a new year is a notoriously good time for metaphorically picking oneself up, dusting oneself off, and starting all over again. But, truly sticking to resolutions is hard.
One resolution I did not officially make but have been trying to do is that of staying off the computer. I go on it in the morning while Jujube watches her daily dose of PBS Kids, but then I really try to not be on it too much during the rest of the day. Some days I do better than others, and some days I’m actually working on the computer. Resisting the lure to check in on Facebook is difficult, but Momma always being on the computer is not the example I want to set for my girls.
Time management has never been my strength, and having easy access to the computer doesn’t help. The computer is, by necessity and convenience, right in the toy room. This is good because, Hey, it’s right there! But it’s bad because, Hey, it’s right there. Recently, after a time when I was really wasting time on the computer rather than spending time with my girls (like they were asking me to do), Lyd told me, “Momma you need to get off the computer.” I’ve told her that she has permission to (nicely!) tell me that, and frankly, she was right. I turned off the computer and gave the girls my full attention, and you know what? It was a lot more fun that putzing around on the internet!
Lyd also recently asked me, “Momma, why don’t you crochet anymore?” She’s never seen me crochet, as the last major project I did was done when she was a toddler, but there is a blanket in the nursery that I crocheted when I was pregnant with Lyd, and she knows that’s when I made it. I think if I were to crochet in front of her, she’d be quite interested and maybe even inclined to try it herself. Or maybe she would want to try some sewing. I used to do a lot of counted cross-stitch, and Lyd’s almost old enough to start doing some simple stitching herself. Lyd received a latchhook kit for Christmas, so I need to teach her how to do that. Hmm. Wouldn’t it be nice if she and I could have some craft time together to work on our projects?
The internet is an amazing tool, and I love blogging. But I hope that I can continue to be good about not being on the computer too much in front of my kids. I want to be a good example for them, not only of what NOT to do, but also what TO do. I think overall I’m a pretty good example for my girls, but it can always be better.
And, hmm. Crocheting. Cross-stitching. Once taxes are finished, I should bring out some of my old projects and see if I could pick that up again.