Can I just say that my 7-yr old is already moody. Oh man, what are we in for in a few years? She has been so overly sensitive and very mopey over the past week or so. She doesn't seem to want to talk about it either. I question her all the time about whether or not something is bothering her and she just sits there. I'm at a loss as to what may be making her so blah. One thing I do know is that I LOVE the book "The Five Love Languages" and I've already recognized that she's a child of "words of affirmation". She thrives on us telling her that she looks pretty, does something well, or excels at something. I'm going to try lavishing more kind words on her over the next couple of days and see if that helps. I highly recommend reading that book. It really helps a mom recognize the ways their children feel loved. My oldest enjoys spending quality time with his mom and dad, and my youngest loves physical touch (mostly in the form of hugs).
So, I'd love to weigh in on your thoughts about video games. My son is really into Mario and for his birthday, he bought the newest one. That kid would play that game the whole night through if we let him. Both my hubs and I grew up with video games, so we can understand the excitement of getting to that next level. But, there are times where I wish that we would've never introduced them to it. It can be a big distraction and I find that when I tell them to turn it off, they are bored. The funny thing is, it created boredom for my two oldest, but my youngest will have creative play on her own time where she will pretend that her stuffed animals are mario, luigi and the princess. So, in essence, it has helped her have a medium to be more imaginative. I think there is some middle ground, but we just aren't sure what that is yet and how to incorporate it. And, please don't get mad at me for saying this, but there are times as a worn out and tired mom that it's just plain nice to have a few moments of uninterrupted time. What do you think?
I'm really excited about this coming week. We are taking the kids to Great Wolf Lodge. It will be our first time there. We will also be making a quick trip to IKEA, my favorite store ever. I should have some great picts to share for next week's TWIP.
Have a great Tuesday!