Thursday, April 21, 2011

♥.•*¨R is for . . .

Remote-control  parenting!

It's like sitting in front of the television.


Not another commercial.


Okay, I don't want to watch junkfood dance.


That's better now.

I'm guilty of doing that. With my kids. This happens mostly when I'm blogging *ahem* or writing. I don't want to get off my laptop. I'm on a role! The homework needs to be done, so I yell out, "Start  your homework!" Later: "Are you done yet? Okay, clean your  rooms now!" And still, a bit later, "Okay, did you hunt around the house for  your junk?"

It makes me feel bad, because, when the day has wound down to pillows and PJs and whispers, I close my laptop and kiss them goodnight. It has come and gone and the only thing I did that day was write or blog and tell them what to do.

I've made it a point to NOT do this anymore. I only write on my own time: when they are at school or  after I've tucked them into bed. That way I feel satisfied that I've given my kids the time they deserve with their mom.

What challenges do you face with your children/family/other stuff and writing?

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  1. Hi Elizabeh, thanks for visiting Queensland. Your R is just so darned clever, not to mention decorative.


    L'Aussie Travel A-Z Challenge Posts

  2. I LOVE my grandkids, but when I'm asked to babysit with they're sick and I have to give up my day for them, I get annoyed. Until that is, when I see them smile at me. Then I feel like a big meany grandma.

  3. Awwwww I think you mums with kids who are writing stories and novels are just amazing!! Yay for great mums like you! Take care

  4. Finding time for it all is hard. All we can do is do our best. Often times I wish there were more hours in the day.

  5. I sometimes wish I could remote control my daughter by pointing and pressing the mute button!

    Duncan In Kuantan

  6. I totally get it, Elizabeth! I try to awaken extra-early to get in my 'blog' time, as well as write up my posts the night before. Since I homeschool my two boys, my computer time has been severely limited. ;o) Mommy guilt is the worst, isn't it? Happy Thursday! :o)

  7. I'm quite lucky that right now, I have quite a bit of time to write without other commitments.

  8. When we babysit, or I should say, mind our teenage granddaughter we devote our time exclusively to her. She came with a friend and we fawned over them. Took them to the forest, bought plenty of ice-cream, rented dvd's for them, and cooked specialty dishes. We both completely ignored writing, including writing we get paid for. We didn't miss any deadlines or anything, but we felt it was important. Her brother is a Marine just returning from afghanistan, parents flew to see him. We wanted to show his sister and her friend a good time.
    But after they were brought home we returned to business. My BW has a book coming out soon and last minute details are eating her time.

  9. Denise, thank you--I also enjoyed your Roma!

    River, thanks. I don't like doing that, I need to be more active because they won't be around forever.

    Em, yes, sweet, aren't they? Kids grow up way too fast...

    Jennifer, thank you! *Hugs*

    Ann, I feel like that all the time.

    Duncan--lol! Imagine that???

    Inpsired, oh, yes! There's not enough time in the day as it is. I admire you for homeschooling, you're my hero! <3

    Talli, great! There's a time and place for everything. I need to balance all and enjoy all. :D

    Anthony, that's wonderful! Family is first, they are so very important. It's scare on something can be easily taken for granted. I don't want to do that. Thanks for sharing your fun with us!

  10. I haven't any kids (even grown up ones) but I do have a lot of demanding animals and a partner (in that order!) I have to write / work / whatever, in between the animal commitments, since there's no way they'll understand lateness or absence, like a human might. Still, I think forcing a break now and again is actually a good thing - I often come back to my machine raring to go again :-)

  11. Writing pad, I can imagine how demanding those animals can be, too! The 2 cats, 1 dog and bird are quite demanding! Even the old man! lol... ;)

  12. I remember when remotes were simple. (sigh)

  13. I don't have kids, but I do try to spend some real quality time with my wife.

  14. Chris, tell me about it! I have a hard time figuring out certain menus. I just ask my kids.

    Alex, that's important too! I know work can become quite dominating...

  15. motherhood and writing...with me, I write when my little one is in bed. In fact, I've got more creative stuff done since having a child, as I know I have less time to do it all in. It can be slightly overwhelming though but it has to be done:)


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