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Lazy Rainy Days

February 07, 2009 by Victoria Strong

Last night I had a serious talk with myself about providing more learning opportunities for Gwendolyn. I stayed up late researching ideas, thinking of ways to adapt toys, and things I can do differently so that Gwendolyn is mentally stimulated. I continued the serious conversation with Bill this morning -- including a tirade about the evils of too much television. I know I am being hard on myself, but if we don't provide games, opportunities, stimuli, then perhaps Gwendolyn's curious mind may become less so -- this is what I lectured myself about anyway. I think part of this stems from not been able to go out for a few days because of the rain and we are all going a bit stir crazy...Gwendolyn included. But another part of it comes from fear that I'm not doing enough.

I started the morning with renewed motivation to think outside of the box. I'd thought of games, puzzles, new songs to sing...I was armed for a day of education!!! Gwendolyn was in no mood for any of it. I started with my new games... Boring. New songs... Lame. The puzzle was somewhat interesting for about two minutes and then Gwendolyn found it completely irritating. The books were clearly not the correct books for her interests today...Silly Mommy. The new music CDs were just a bad idea all together...Sobs. I knew things were well south if even music was no fun. Fine. I give in. Do you want to watch a movie? Crying immediately stops!

So now Gwendolyn is peacefully watching Elmo. Well, rainy days make me lazy, too.

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