It's MY Laptop!
It's been a while since I've posted. It's not that I have writer's block or a lack of material. I have to come clean: My 17 month-old son is addicted to my laptop.
It all started with iTunes and our computer-based music library. We made a special play list with all his favorites and encouraged him to dance with us. Then it was Starfall. My speech therapist sister recommended it as my son's language blossomed. It was a weekend treat we used to combat the early mornings. As his special affection for music (especially Dean Martin) intensified, we introduced him to some You Tube videos featuring his favorite tunes. Then we found Muppets and Elmo and Ernie.
Before we realized it, the computer became a part of his day. He wasn't allowed to watch tv, but somehow watching a photo montage of Dino set to Sway or Cookie Monster singing C is for Cookie seemed just fine. He wakes up excited to sing along with Mambo Italiano or dance to Matilda, Matilda. It's often how we start our mornings.
Since our computer is a laptop, it became easy enough to put away with the explanation that his favorite friends are "sleepy" and need a rest. The trouble isn't putting it away, it's taking it back out. If he sees the screen on, we're battling to keep his little fingers from banging on the keys or his increasingly demanding (hello, early onset terrible two's) requests at bay while quickly checking email.
What's a mom blogger to do? By shutting the computer, I've gained some great one-on-one time with my little guy. However, the same cannot be said for my poor blog or my love for online recipe searching or checking the hour-by-hour weather report. I always swore I'd never be one of those parents who buys the kid a tv or computer or cell phone too early, but I'm starting to see why it happens. Sometimes parents just don't want to share.
Lisa also blogs at Hannemaniacs .... when she can sneak in a post these days.
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