Thursday, January 24, 2019

Trouble In a Bubble

Ok, so I know I have not been the most diligent of bloggers (and rarely do I admit that! ha!), however, since clearing my volunteer schedule at school earlier this school year, I have been more diligent as a Mother at home.  And it's been wonderful.  I know now more than ever that this was the right choice.

I've also been working hard to implement the Come Follow Me Curriculum.  That too has been wonderful and as with everything is a work in progress.

Because of all of the demands on my time, I turned to doing mini-blog posts on my Facebook page instead of full-blown posts here (so if you're not linked up to me on Facebook, please do!) 

With that said, I am going to try to catch up over here and share some of the Come Follow Me lessons we've had and some thoughts too as well as the process I went through to really center my home and life around these family scripture study times.

Today, I'm just going to say that I'm grateful (for once!) for media...for good media and the help is can be for parents and families if we seek it out.

During this season in life, I'm grateful for Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.  A while ago, I purchased a collection of DVDs of the show, and I've been giving my kids the treat of watching his DVDs in the car while the little ones have to go with me for the big kids' various pick-ups and drop-offs.

At first my 2 year old didn't like it, (I think he had gotten used to the fast-pace of an animated movie), but now that he's used to the slower pace of Mr. Rogers' talking, and he loves it and tries to sing along which is very sweet.

And I've seeing other "side-effects".  This note from Honor was one of them.  She was having a hard time being jealous of things her sister had, and we talked about how she would need to work hard and save up her money if she wants the same doll that her sister has. She didn't like this idea at first, but out of the blue, she wrote me this note saying, "Dear Mom, I know it is hard to wait, but I will try."  Later, I realized the topic in the car that day on Mr. Rogers' was "learning to wait" for things.

Other good things have happened for me as I have realized that Mr. Rogers isn't only talking to children, but he is talking to parents.  In one episode he has a story-teller on who tells the story of "Trouble in a Bubble." I had heard this story while driving many times, but only recently really listened to it.  The moral of the story is that if you treat something like trouble it acts like trouble.  If you treat it like a bubble is acts like a bubble.  This is certainly a good reminder for us all!  I love that Mr Rogers spoke in parables much of the time making his lessons accessible to all who have an ear to hear.

Well, anyway, in a world where it seems media is working against me as a parent, I just like to point out when it is working for me!  And I'm grateful for that.


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