You're singing the song in your head now, aren't you? Nothing like a little late 80s Soul II Soul to get you goin'.
I've had those lines running through my head this week. After a really extended winter break/vacation, we're back in the throes of real life again.
Last night was my first class of the semester. I don't have a lot of flexibility with my courses. I have to take classes when I have childcare. Yesterday's class was just that, a class that fulfills a program requirement and is scheduled when my kids are cared for. I didn't even know what the course was about when I arrived. Check that. I still don't really know what the course is about, but that's not going to stop me from doing this week's assigned readings and showing up again next week. And, every week after that. I think it's going to be a good class...at least I hope so.
I'm really enjoying my Master's program, by the way. Have I mentioned that? I hate, Hate, HATE the homework and not having the flexibility I've had for the last 4 years. But, what I've read and learned and discussed over the last 4 months has been, well, cool. I wasn't sure about this program before I started. Democracy and Governance -- huh? But, now, I'm enjoying it and am actually see practical uses for the degree in the future. What more could you want?
And, speaking of real life, Isaac is potty training this week. Or rather, Isaac is wearing big boy pants and talking about earning M&Ms. I'm not sure if he's getting it yet, his success has been pretty hit or miss. Literally. But, he seems ready, so we're going to continue, for awhile anyway. He needs to be potty trained by September, that's the goal.
Caleb is back at school and doesn't want to be. Not because he doesn't like school, or church, or museums, or family outings, he just only wants to be where he can play Mario Kart. He threw probably the first real tantrum of his life this weekend because of Mario Kart. But, we stood firm, and he learned his lesson and yesterday and today have been much improved.
But, I need some help with this one. So, seasoned parents out there, do you have a system for video game and computer usage? How much time is too much? How do you track it? Do your kids earn their time or just get an allotment each week? What works for you? I could really use some insight here. Up until now we've essentially had no system. But, I can see that was a mistake and is an approach that is going to create problems in the future. Any and all thoughts are welcome, so bring 'em on. Please.
...back to the here and now...