After seven hours of school, five days a week, and now with adding homework on top of that, plus weekend Chinese culture & language classes, we all need some serious downtime.
I know there are plenty of parents who would think I’m a “bad” mother for letting Rachel sit in front of the TV on Sunday mornings, but I think we all need a little down time at the end of the week.
For me, it’s the Sunday papers. For my husband, it’s getting the yard work done. And for Rachel, it’s some Mickey Mouse cartoons on the Disney Channel or a little SpongeBob (GASP!).
I admit that I should be engaging Rachel with creative play, more reading practice and, perhaps, acquiring more art! But we have plenty of other time during the week when we read, do crafts and other enriching activities, that it seems to me a little downtime isn’t such a bad thing.
I know, there are lots of studies out there that talk about the evils of television. But it seems to me that our generation didn’t do so badly and I don’t even want to try to add up how many hours I was plopped in front of the telly on the weekends and even on weekdays when both my parents were working.
Somehow, so many people I know have similar stories and we all got good educations and ended up being good citizens.
So, I’m hoping that no one will report me if Rachel spends a little time on the weekends, chilling out in front of some cartoons. Who knows, maybe there will be some spark in some show she sees that will help her be more creative in school and in life.