1- MY TURN. Josh was on full-on kid duty last weekend while I was in CA, and now it’s my turn (though hopefully I can still get in my early long run tomorrow – looking forward to that). We are still screen free for the month so ummmm . . . I am unlikely to get a nap. But I’m still looking forward to it. Hoping Annabel will let me help her organize her room — we will see!
2- Screen-Free Update– speaking of screen free — I feel like I need to provide an update. So far it has been fine! The kids are definitely making more messes but otherwise nothing is that different. Whether behavior has been impacted is hard to say, but I have watched G do more creative things and C has been (begrudgingly) reading more — he is super into these Olympians graphic novels. We have allowed occasional movies — I think they have watched 1-2 at home so far and I may let them watch something tonight.
Now to work on getting them to actually clean up those messes as they go . . . sigh.
I don’t plan on keeping them screen free forever, but once the month is over there are definitely going to be firmer boundaries in place than we previously had.
3- Since apparently this is the week I am tackling mid-sized kid topics (I can’t exactly call Cameron a tween yet!) — we are phone shopping for Annabel because we’ve decided it would be nice for her to have calling/texting capabilities. BUT we’re thinking something like this:
No AirDrop, no social media, basically just a calling/texting device to be able to let us know if she needs a ride, or for her to have if we leave her alone for a short stint.
The middle school is very strict about not letting the kids have their phones out, though I am interested in the detailed version of their policies. (And they do all have ChromeBooks so . . . I am sure they are online in other ways . . .)
4- I LOVE THIS BOOK. I’m almost done and I can tell it will be a 2023 favorite.