Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge…today’s theme is PLAINS.
The dictionary defines plains as: ‘A stretch of nearly level treeless country.
These snow-covered plains might have been the backyard of young Laura Ingalls Wilder who wrote Little House on the Prairie. When I looked at this painting, I got the feeling that if I walked around the small stand of trees, I would stumble upon her little homestead.
I used to love watching the Little House television series. I’d had a crush on Michael Landon ever since high school when Bonanza aired, with Michael Landon starring as Little Joe. I remember trading hard-won information with my best friend, Jane…how tall he was, what color eyes…all the little tidbits we could discover from pouring over celebrity magazines…there were no computers or internet or Google searches in those days.
Those old reruns are still enjoyable…and provide valuable lessons that are timely and timeless. Here are three of those:
- Kids need routines
- Kids need rules
- Kids need responsibilities
Routines help everything run smoothly…like when to go to bed and when to do homework.
Rules help everyone know what is expected of them…like no phone calls or texting during dinner time.
Responsibilities help each person feel useful and valuable…like clearing the table or picking up toys.
A family is like a business that operates on love and teamwork and respect.
Watch some of these old shows if you can…you’ll see what I mean.
Back in the day of Little House on the Prairie and Ponderosa, there were no iPads, iPods or iPhones. Did you realize that all of those begin with the letter ‘I’? One of the biggest problems today is the disconnection between people. Years ago, reading, crafting and cooking were three activities that families did together. Today, many parents and kids go shopping together, eat dinner together or sit watching TV together in the same room, but each is busy texting or checking emails or twitter on their phones. If you’d like to bring back some family time, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking gives picture book recommendations, quick and easy craft projects and simple child-friendly recipes. Click this link to buy a copy! Engage your child, encourage creative expression and, most of all, have fun together
It’s the Year of the Snake!
- SUNDAY POST : Plains (jakesprinters.wordpress.com)
- Sunday Post: Focused Attention…Does Your Child Get Yours? (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
- Sunday Post: Simplicity…Children Need Less Stuff (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)