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When I’m a SAHM (Stay-at-home-mom)…

1. Menu Plan for weekday suppers.

2. Learn to sew and knit and do both regularly.

3. Have a cleaning schedule, and not deviate too often.

4. Have potted herbs in my kitchen, and use them in my cooking.

5. Organize and purge more stuff from our lives. I’m all about getting rid of stuff lately. Don’t worry though, I put Chris in the “keep” pile.

6. Be a joy to my baby/kid(s).

7. Have every room in the house organized. No deadline for this… it’s just an eventual goal.

8. Go for lots walks with baby/kid(s). Enjoy them.

9. Use cloth diapers and make my own baby food.

9b. (Not 10 ‘cuz lists of 10 are so overdone) Read books regularly that challenge and stimulate my thinking (Have a reading list for the year).

I grew up without T.V. for the most part.  We never had cable. We had bunny ears so my Dad could watch the Toronto Maple Leafs’ games.  I watched Saturday morning cartoons sometimes, as well as the occasional episode of Full House and Family Matters.

Other than that, I was a bit clueless to all things television. My Mom was always bugging us to “play outside” or “do a craft” or the failsafe “read a book” or other such intellectually and socially stimulating activities.

We I first got married, our first couple of apartments had cable included in the rent.  It was a whole new world of mindless reality TV, spying on other peoples’ lives via TLC, etc, and stupid sitcoms that were “just” over the line of what I was raised to think of as “edifying”.  I was wide-eyed with wonder…

Then came the day when we moved into a new apartment that did NOT include cable.  And of course I refused to pay for it (we were poor anyway, and I really didn’t want to actually admit that I was a bit of a TV junkie).

Guess what happened?

I really didn’t miss it.

Nor do I now.

In fact, when I do check out and watch a couple of back-to-back sitcoms at supper-time (mostly when Chris is out), I find myself only mildly entertained, and majorly annoyed at myself for caving and watching them at all.  Thus, I don’t watch them very often.  I’d say maybe 3 hours of that a week… which sounds like such a waste of time to me…

We also are currently watching a show on DVD (which is much better because there are no commercials to fry your brain) called Stargate SG-1.  Yeah, it’s sci-fi geekiness. Yeah I’ll pause for a sec so you can stop laughing at me… It’s actually really good (and Season 7, which we just finished, is astronomically better than Season 1, but hey it started in the mid-nineties, what can I say?)

We also rent the occasional movie (like maybe one a month, if that).

So, yeah we haven’t chucked the TV out the window yet, and I doubt we ever will… but I am grateful I am NOT a TV junkie.  I shudder when I hear about kids watching an average of like 30 hours/week watching TV.  I can’t even imagine.  I’m grateful to my parents for teaching me the value in not rotting your brain with television.  I intend/hope to pass on this value to my own child, and I plan to do so by example!

I'm Red, he's Honey. I'm the writer of this blog and the source of your entertainment and/or boredom. We're parents of an exceptionally adorable child, and we have no idea what we're doing! This blog is the outlet for my thoughts along the way - welcome! Pull up a couch, grab a cup of tea, and stay a while! Or back away slowly. Whatever works.

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