Something hit me hard a few nights ago. I was overwhelmed, tired, not feeling totally like myself…and I just couldn’t kick it.
One of my fave shows was premiering for the season that night, and I gave myself the break to sit down and watch it. I laughed & sat still (and snuggled with my husband) for a mere 22 minutes and IT FELT GREAT.
And more than that, I felt so much better afterwards. I felt lighter & a little renewed just by sitting down & watching something totally mindless & funny for a few minutes.
And it dawned on me that THIS is what it must feel like for our kids sometimes, too. We get so caught up in the whole screen time debate & trying not to overdo it on screen time that we might forget how good it feels to just sit down & watch TV sometimes.
To laugh. To veg out. To sit still.
It feels good.
In fact, I bet it feels as good to THEM as it does to US.
Because sometimes our kids need to veg out, too.
In many ways, childhood is to kids what adulthood is to us—though I know we never look at it that way. But it really is. Childhood is their reality just like adulthood is ours.
Childhood is fun & freeing & exciting…and exhausting & overwhelming. They get overworked and tired, too. And they get stressed. Yes, even our little ones.
Honestly just sitting down & watching that one show that night helped turn my entire mood around. I enjoyed it and dare I say I needed it. But the truth is, I did.
So what if instead of pushing our kids to do something “worthwhile” all the time, we sometimes just let them do “nothing?” What if we let them totally veg out?
And here’s the biggie—what if we didn’t feel bad or guilty about it?
That night I asked my husband to scoot closer so we could snuggle. He did, and it made me feel better.
And something about that hit me hard, too.
Snuggling with my hubby made me feel better…exactly like it makes my kids feel better when I pull them close after they ask me to snuggle them.
So, what if when they asked us to snuggle them, we sometimes just stopped what we were doing and oh, I don’t know—snuggled them?
It sounds so simple, wonderful & easy…and yet I find myself seldom just sitting down to chill out with them.
I usually turn on the TV for them to watch so I can take care of other things. I rarely put it on to watch with them. But when I do, they absolutely LOVE it.
Kids are mini versions of us. Sometimes what feels good to us might feel just as good to them. TV. Comfort food. Snuggles. Laughing.
So much to think about. But I’ll think more about it later.
Because right now I’m going to call my kids over to the couch & turn on a show.
And I’m not going to feel guilty about it.
And I’m going to make a point to snuggle with them for some of it.
And because they need it as much as me.
All of it.
How do you feel about screen time?
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