With both boys now nearly two and the weather pretty yucky, I have edited my 30-minutes-of -TV-a-day rule to 1-hour-of-TV-a-day.
But it is hard.
Mostly hard because they ask to watch a movie ALL the time. It is their favorite thing to do. It is me who has to say, "No, let's play play-dough." or "Let's color." or "Let's play cars." If I ask them what they want to do the answer is always the same.
We checked out a new video from the library. Mickey's Christmas. They love it! And with the new movie has come a nenewed sense of begging.
Isaac will say, "Mommy, could I just watch ONE Mickey? With my saying no comes a cacophony of "Please. Just one movie Mommy. Just one Mickey Mommy. Want to watch a movie Mommy? Can we watch a movie together Mommy. Please Mommy."
I no I am saying "no" for his own good. But man it would be so much easier for all of us if I just said yes.
Elijah asks differently. He stands in front of the TV and says, "Mick!" Then he'll hold up his finger and say, "One. (Pause.) Mick." When I say no, his bottom lip sticks out so far, and he starts crying.
They are starting to really work me over! This Mom stuff is pretty complicated. So many layers. So many challenges. Even not letting them do something that would be easier for me in the long run is hard.
And only 27 weeks before we swtich from man-to-man defense to zone!