No More Electronics? But Mom!

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Yep, you read that right, “No more electronics!” I finally reached that point in parenting when I said enough was enough. Constant bickering. Picking on each other. Staring at screens for as long as they could possibly get away with. Taking a break from staring at the computer monitor by heading over and staring at the television screen. Moving from computer games to the Xbox or Wii. UGH! And yes, I admit that is my fault. I fall into that trap of, “I have work I have to get done” and it seemed like a good babysitter. I know I am not the only one guilty of that. But then family rules got broken and that was it!

No more.

No more.

NO MORE!

I can’t take it.

The kids are off electronics/technology for an entire week! Drastic? Maybe, but come on it’s summertime. Yes, it’s hot! But for goodness sake, I really would like to look at my kids in the face instead of the back of their heads.

I want to see them play with each other both indoors and outdoors, talk to each other and just generally enjoy summer with each other. School will be here again before we know it.

Are they surviving without electronics and technology? Sure they are! Just like we did as kids. And they are being nice to each other and playing games together. These kids I recognize, but it’s been awhile since I’ve seen them. I’ve missed this.

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We talk and take walks, we find bugs, we go places and just enjoy each other. Sadly, I feel like so much time that should have been spent like this has already passed us by but no more. Today, I’m making a change for the better, for them, for me, for all of us.

© 2014, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.

A Letter to My Children

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As my daughter was sitting next to me working on her online coding class, she noticed I had left a page open on my desktop with an article about being a mean mommy. She looked at me completely puzzled as to why I would be reading such an article.

I explained to her that I too was a mean mommy and that just confused her even more until I explained what it meant.

Because you see, I would love to be my child’s best friend, I would, but being their best friend isn’t going to serve them best when they are adults and on their own, working and raising a family. Don’t get me wrong, I am still my kid’s friend/confidant but not just their friend.

If I didn’t teach them now that life requires responsibility, strength, kindness, empathy, understanding, hard work, determination and so much more, how will they know how to handle it all?

“You don’t like it when I don’t just give you the answer when you struggle with school work, do you?”

“You don’t like me when I tell you to fix your bed or get your work done before I let you play, do you?”

“You didn’t like it when I took your technology privileges away for a whole day for not doing as you were asked, did you?”

Her response to those were of course, “No!”.

But then I asked her, did you learn from those experiences? “Yes!” she replied with a smile on her face.

“Then it’s ok for you not to like me all the time. It’s ok for you to think I am a mean mommy sometimes. It teaches you how much I love you and that I want the best for you in life. I want you to be responsible, prepared, kind and strong.”

So just know my children, I’m teaching you how to do that every day while you are still growing under my wings until it is time to let you spread your wings and fly. I love you both and though it will hurt to see you fly on your own, it will also fill my heart with love and joy if I know I have done my job as your parent to the best that I could have.

© 2014, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.

Hunter Hayes Helping to Stop Child Hunger #childhunger

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I am being compensated as an ambassador for the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.

More than 1 in 5 children in the United Sates, may not know where their next meal is coming from. That’s nearly sixteen million children. It’s hard to believe about children in this country but it’s true. I know we always think it’s happening in other parts of the world and not here in the U.S. but it is.

ConAgra Foods is partnering with P&G to build a community of people to make a difference and help donate up to 7 million meals through the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. Since March and through August 2014,  ConAgra Foods or P&G, will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America when you enter the 8-digit code found on specially marked ConAgra and P&G products. All you have to do is look for the red pushpin on specially marked packages and enter the the code at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com or you can go over to my sidebar and enter the code right there in the box.

Child Hunger Ends Here is proud to work with Grammy-nominated country music artist Hunter Hayes and be the presenting sponsor of his “We’re Not Invisible” tour. For every download of Hunter’s new single, “Invisible,” on iTunes, Child Hunger Ends Here will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to the nation’s leading hunger-relief charity, Feeding America, up to 1 million meals.

hunter-hayesAnd they are also giving you the chance for a pretty exciting opportunity to “Ask Hunter” a question – and he may answer it personally (using the winners name) and posting the video on the Child Hunger Ends Here Facebook page! Through April 24th, simply enter a code on www.childhungerendshere.com for the chance to “Ask Hunter”  a question.

So be thinking about what question you’d like to “ask Hunter”. Think you might need a little help? Child Hunger Ends Here will share some suggestions for great questions. Think about what you’d want to know from Hunter about maybe being a role model. Or what the best thing about being a role model is or perhaps what the hardest part of being a role model is? Maybe you’d like to know how Hunter hopes to leave a mark on the world? I’m sure you can come up with something.

The rules are pretty simple:  You must be 14 or older and only one prize/question per user. Please review the Privacy Policy at http://www.conagrafoods.com/privacy-policy

Please take a moment to fill out this quick reader survey to help ConAgra Foods and the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign gauge awareness.

I know you want to help those 16 million children so go find those specially marked products and take just a couple of minutes to come back and enter the code. I’ll keep the code box right there on the sidebar for you.

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© 2014, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.