The Great Debate: Screen Time and Your Child

Hello, and Good Morning, Friends!

This morning, I wanted to talk about a couple of Baby Richi’s favorite TV shows, and television and children in general. I’ve heard a huge debate as of lately about parents not allowing their children TV time because of this or that reason. “It will fry their brain” isn’t quite a fair argument anymore, in my opinion. We all watched TV as youngsters, yes? Pretty sure our brains are all in tact. At least, speaking for myself, mine is.
I believe that it’s very possible to help educate your child through means such as television in a safe, positive manner that can aid in their growth and creativity while under your supervision.

As per usual at this time of day, I’m sitting here sipping a now cold cup of coffee (gross, I know –  but… mom life) and watching Richi play with his blocks and watch Little Baby Bum.

Oh, you haven’t heard of this show?

Well, if you have a toddler, you must check it out. It’s the cutest compilation of nursery rhymes and animal characters and the videos actually teach the child a thing or two. It was created by a couple from the UK, and apparently, it’s risen to fame by becoming the 5th most popular show in the UK – it’s also a YouTube sensation. I adore the show because it’s one of the only ones Richi will actually watch – plus, it’s not annoying. It’s not Caillou.

Here’s a photo of Little Baby Bum:

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Photo courtesy of YouTube

There’s also Dave and Ava. We just found this show yesterday or the day before (the days are kind of melting together at this point, what with my seriously lack of sleep these days – more on that in a few) and I love it, as does Richi. Same concept – nursery rhymes, but more vivid colors, more realistic characters, and better animation. I also really enjoy the animals in that one – Patrick the mouse being my favorite!

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Dave and Ava in ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider‘ – Photo courtesy of Google

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Patrick Mouse. The cutest!

They also have an app!

I’m so excited to download it – I believe the app itself costs $19.99, however, they promise no advertising ever – and you get all of their videos and from what I’ve gathered so far, there’s a ton.

I’ve also noticed something: I tend to prefer European based videos for my little guy. I believe they incorporate more educational value to the mix than most American shows do. Aside from these two, we watch Word World, and Bob the Builder. We watch Splash and Bubbles occasionally as well, simply because he loves fishies, and the colors are vivid and attractive.

I try to limit his screen time to under an hour per day but sometimes I do play it in the background when we are going on about life, like having lunch or playing with toys.

I believe tv can be very educational, but that the parents should hand select the programming their children watch carefully. I see too many children’s shows throwing out subliminal messages to things that kids don’t need to see. I want my baby to be little for as long as possible and shield him from all of the terrible things in the world his sweet, innocent little eyes shouldn’t see. I also believe, however, that a parent should be their children’s main source of education – and that books should be number one. I will always choose books over television. But, you know, that’s just me and my humble opinion.

I would love to hear your thoughts on kids and TV as well as what shows your little ones love. Let me know in a comment!

 

Monday Night Ramblings

Hello Friends!

Tonight, I just feel like rambling and writing, so you’re in for a random, self-expressive treat of sorts. Every so often (ok, more than I am able) I get this incredible urge to just sit and let my fingers do the talking and ramble on about this or that, but I never seem to find the time to do anything for myself these days. It’s sad, really. I wish I was able to be here and blog more. I keep telling myself, ‘when life calms down a bit, you will,’ but my question is, when will life calm down a bit? And also, will it calm down at all?

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Sunsplash Family Waterpark: A Fun in the Sun Review

Hey, everyone!

I hope you are all having a fantastic evening, and an even better summer thus far. It’s been a great and eventful summer here for our family, and with so much still left to do on the agenda, I’m excited for everything coming our way!

I knew when I was planning our Summer road trips and happenings this year that I was going to include a few stops at local (and not-so-local) water parks in our plans, and I wouldn’t dream of leaving them off the agenda. Moreover, I couldn’t think of not visiting our local water zone: Sunsplash Family Waterpark in Cape Coral, Florida.

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Mary Poppins: A Broadway Palm Dinner Theater Production Review

Mary Poppins.

It’s about as much of a household name as mac & cheese. Most of us all saw and loved Mary Poppins as small children and brought those fond memories into adulthood as time marched on. Mary, with her cheery disposition and being nearly perfect in every way, was something of a role model for me as a child. I wished I could have her as a nanny, and wanted to be like her, magical as she was.

Now, I have always loved the theater. When I was a child, I was constantly involved in plays and the theater, and it was something I loved up into adulthood. Needless to say, when I heard Mary Poppins was being put on as a production at The Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers, I was all in. I knew I wanted to go to at least see the production and see if it was as good as I hoped it would be, but when I was contacted by Melissa from the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater and invited to bring the family in for dinner and to see the play, I was incredibly ecstatic and couldn’t wait! It was one of the best evenings spent in a long while.

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“MARY POPPINS” FLIES ONTO THE BROADWAY PALM STAGE! (Press Release)

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Top row (from left to right): Kylan Ritchie as Jane Banks and Liam Hutt as Michael Banks. Bottom Row: Meagan Mapson as Mrs. Brill, James Taylor Odom as George Banks, Melissa Whitworth as Mary Poppins, Desirée Dillon as Winifred Banks and Danny Boman as Robertson Ay.

FORT MYERS, Fla – June 30, 2017 – This summer is going to be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as Mary Poppins flies onto the Broadway Palm stage now through August 12, 2017.  Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

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How To Stop Kids from Procrastinating

The following is a guest post from Medical Educator and director of Boys Town Press about kids and procrastination. I am happy to have had the privilege of sharing this post with all of you today. Let’s be honest – we have probably all dealt with a child who procrastinates far too much – and because of that, we, as parents, are looking for ways to help them not procrastinate. Read on to learn some different ways we as parents can help them be more on the ball and less lax about everything in life.

Why do today what you can put off till..whenever? How to help kids stop procrastinating

How many of us have had the joy of being told that science project, you know…the one with the flour plaster volcanoes…is actually due tomorrow? Yes, your child knew when it was due three weeks ago and even mentioned it once to you in passing, but did you really imagine that you would be reminded about it at 8:00 p.m. the night before it had to be done?  I know you weren’t expecting it because my wife and I were never expecting the same sort of surprises when we became victims of our son’s procrastination.

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Summer Vacation Series: Our Family Trip to the Naples Zoo and Caribbean Gardens

Hi Friends!
This post is going to be the first in my series of summer vacation blogs. As I mentioned in a previous post, our family is going to be having some major fun together this summer – and I couldn’t be happier than to share it all with you, my amazing followers and readers. I am also very happy to answer any questions you might have in regard to any of the locations we visit, as well as help point you in the right direction if I can’t be of help to you.

Without further ado, let’s jump right into this first of many family trip blogs: our family trip to the Naples Zoo and Caribbean Gardens.

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Father’s Day Gifts From the Heart

Have you decided what you are going to be doing for your significant other for Father’s Day this year? I’ve put together a few quick, easy, and painless Father’s Day art projects that I thought were too cute not to share and that I had found across the internet- and I will be making one of these myself for my loving, hardworking husband. So, if you’re in a bind and can’t figure out what to do, why not give one of these ideas a try and make him something from the heart with the little ones! If your husband is anything like mine, he appreciates good home made things from the heart rather than store bought any day.

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Cloth Diapering Adventures

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Cloth diapering is totally a thing. In fact, it’s a huge industry – more and more moms are making the switch, and now more than ever I want to take a few minutes to educate those who are interested in learning more about the world of cloth.

CD’s, Cloth diapers, Nappies, Fluff Butts – no matter what you and your mom groups may call them, the truth is, they cant be beat. Cloth is so the way to go if you want to save big money and customize your cutie’s bottom with the most colorful, trendy, patterned prints imaginable. Until cloth diapers, most of us puttered through diapering our children with the same boring mainstream brand diapers which no doubt caused chemical burns, rashes, and smelled putrid once wet. Granted, women have been cloth diapering their babies for centuries, but cloth diapers have come a very long way.

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