As I mentioned in my previous post, I have a job that allows me to be home-based. Of course, this isn’t always ideal but I’ll discuss the cons in an upcoming post. One of the main benefits is that we are not rushing around in the morning trying to get everyone out of the door (FYI – NS Daddy is also currently home-based). Also NS Toddler only has to go to daycare part-time. We are lucky that we have a super flexible daycare provider whom NS Toddler just loves (this is a huge relief).
My favourite thing about working from home is the time I get to spend with NS Toddler in the morning. She usually wakes up around 6AM and, as I am the morning person and NS Daddy is NOT, I get up with her. We have a wonderful routine that involves coffee (lots for me, please), milk (for her) and Cheerios (sometimes for both of us). After we have all our goodies in hand, we sit ourselves down on the sofa and have a cuddle. NS Toddler is a very cuddly kid, especially in the morning.
After we are all snuggled in on the sofa we…gulp…here comes my secret….gulp again…WATCH TV…GASP. I know, awful, isn’t it? Now I need to let you know that NS Toddler does not watch much TV. We are very careful about limiting her TV time to the morning before her nap and sometimes she watches a bit before bed or while we prepare supper. Luckily for us, NS Toddler loves books and is pretty great at playing independently. (Note to self: She is only 18 months old and has a very short attention span – the TV thing might be more of an issue in the future.)
There are a few shows that I actually quite like. For instance, Curious George is her favourite show. She just LOVES monkeys. We record this so she can watch it in the morning or in the evening. I have no problem watching it with her. It is a cute show and actually makes me laugh sometimes. The only problem is that NS Toddler started talking like George instead of using her real words. This is okay for now. I just hope she doesn’t continue talking like a monkey as she gets older…could be a bit embarrassing.
I also love the music in the Backyardigans. The story lines are great and I love how the ‘kids’ in the show use their imaginations.
Now, I must say, that Caillou makes my skin crawl. He is such a whiny little kid. His parents seem to lack any sort of disciplining skills and never get mad. What the heck is with that? I’m obviously not suggesting that they spank him but they seem to live in a dream world. It’s weird, if you ask me. And speaking of weird, what is the deal with Max and Ruby? Where are their parents? Poor Ruby has an awful lot of responsibility for a 7-year old. No wonder she is so bossy. I’d be a bit bossy too if I had to bathe, dress and feed my younger brother everyday. Also poor Max doesn’t have much of a vocabulary for a 3-year old. I really think that Grandmother or Bunny Scout Leader should step in and help them out……..
Finally, I don’t know how it happened but NS Toddler also loves Elmo….groan. We have tried to stay away from overly commercialized / licensed characters but Elmo seems to have slipped through the cracks. Elmo’s World is good for a laugh though. I almost fell out of my seat from laughter watching one episode where Mr. Noodle sits on Ms. Noodle’s lap when trying to illustrate how to take turns on a swing. Elmo comments ‘those Noodles are real swingers’.
Happy International Women’s Day!