Today is the National Day of Unplugging. The event–created by Reboot, a non-profit organization–is supposed to be observed from sundown to sundown, March 7th to 8th. In this 24-hour time period, you are challenged to “unplug,” and that means give up your smart phones, computers, iPads and other digital devices… aka YOUR LIFE. I appreciate the message. In an age where all of us, adults and kids alike, are distracted by technology, we should try to take a breather from it all once in a while and to make efforts to connect with our children and encourage them to do the same with the people around us that we love. And hopefully, this unplugging for the day will help us be more mindful of our use of technology going forward. I mean, that’s great and all, really warm and fuzzy stuff, but I’m not doing it. You see, these digital demi-gods actually help me to bond and connect with my children. They help me to be a better parent, a more efficient person. So, while everyone else is doing trust falls and staring at each other blankly, I’ll be “plugging” the day away. Here’s why.
Andrea Wada Davies
Andrea Wada Davies is a writer, actor, and comedian who grew up on a potato farm in Idaho where she and her Japanese-American family ate either potatoes or rice every day. She blogs for BabyZone, Mom.me, and her own blog, The Evolution of Annie. Andrea spent six years dating in L.A as a single mom to her son. Once she decided to settle down and get serious, she met her husband while playing beer pong in Vegas. They were married (not by Elvis), had a baby, and now all four of them reside in Los Angeles together. She can currently be seen on NickMom pulling hidden-camera pranks on Parental Discretion with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.
Her looks may deceive you. She’s small. A wee little thing. Barely the size of a pug, standing on its hind legs. She’s got ringlets that bounce in her big, brown eyes which sparkle when you read her any book about giraffes. She may be young, just a baby in fact, only 16 months old. Yet, she commands your attention. She demands your respect. The truth is, she runs things like a mob boss. Yes, she’s our family’s little Godfather. So don’t cross her or get in her way. Capeesh?
When you are an adult and you want to let loose, you want to feel free and get crazy, you go to Vegas. There you can see, do, eat, wear, be anything you want, whenever you want. It’s a place to escape the daily routine and the normal rules of life. Well, there’s a “Vegas” that exists for my 16-month old daughter (and my 11-year old son) and it’s their grandparents’ house. Here are some ways that Gramps and Gram’s house is the G-Rated, baby-version of Sin City. Viva Las Grandparents!
My husband and I coincidentally arrived home from work this evening at the same time. We walked in the door to be greeted by our 16-month-old daughter, Stella, who was in the babysitter’s arms, all smiles. She squealed in excitement and reached out her arms. My husband, glowing with adoration towards his baby girl, reached his arms out to get her. You could just feel his daddy pride. I saw it in slow motion and set it to a touching instrumental version of “My Girl” in my head. But then suddenly Stella did some form of sharp karate chop down and blocked her dad’s arms. “NO,” she said sharply and proceeded to reach and squirm to get to me. She gave me a warm, welcoming smile, after just having sprayed her daddy with daggers. Of course, I was happy to receive her, but I felt sorry for my husband who was slowly lowering his arms, his smile fading into a look of confusion, daddy glow departing and slowly being replaced with an Eeyore gray.
Even though you may be a working mom, spending many of your hours away from home, you can still bond with your toddler in a meaningful way. Sure, you wish you could have more time during the week to be with your little peanut, but try to focus on the quality of your time spent together, not the quantity. When you make your child feel loved and secure, she will feel closer, more bonded to you. Here are some ways to bond with your toddler when you are a working mom.
As a mom to a young toddler, I do all the normal, every day parenting things that other parents do… for the most part. I abide by most of the widely accepted parenting rules. I care for my daughter. I show her love. I keep her safe. But I admit that I sometimes do some quirky things and bend some rules when no one is around.
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