Lead by example…

_MG_0205WFFunny thing about kids these days, actually I shouldn’t generalize…the funny thing about MY kids is that they sure like their technology.  iPods, iPhones, tablets, DSi….the list goes on. You name it, they’ve got it.  They’ve got it, they play with it. All. The. Time.

I know, I know, bad on us as parents for getting them all this ‘stuff’ and then complaining about it.  It’s not even that I’m complaining about it.  Even though they do spend lots of time on their devices playing Minecraft (sigh), they’ve also got great apps downloaded that allow them to use their strategic and troubleshooting skills to solve problems. Apps like 4 Pics 1 Word, Free Flow, Where’s my Water, Cut the Rope, Lazors and Scrabble are just of the few that help them the ‘think-while-playing.

But this year a shift has taken place. The beginning of this year, I started sharing my writing more and coincidentally Rob started taking design classes.  How these simple acts of seeing mommy write and daddy draw have affected our kids I would have never been able to predict.

Now the boys are writing their own stories complete with illustrations! I mean they’re really enjoying coming up with their own stories, not just scenic drawings that they’ve done in the past (not bashing the scenic drawings, but these ones these days are really good!).  They’re often asking me for ideas on a story or asking Rob how to make a comic strip conversation make sense in their drawings.

Gotta admit, I’m really enjoying these moments and the mandate that as their parents we need to lead by example has never been more urgent.

Leading by example with love,


  1. So true and a great point to make. Since I started sudying at uni, I wake up at 5am to get quiet study in before the kids wakeup. As soon as they wake up and see me reading my books, they are asking if they can read their own books to me and they both end up fighting over who is going to read to me first! Our kids look up to us a copy everything we do and they love to learn and create, it makes them feel good about themselves 🙂


    1. Most defintely! Kudos to you for going to uni while being a mom, that’s so awesome! That right there is the perfect ‘lead by example’ story if I ever heard of one 😉 xo

    2. too funny, my kids fight over who’s going to read to me first, who’s going to sit next to me… my oldest doesn’t bother anymore or is over it…

  2. I have 3 girls ages 12, 10 and 7. do you know they love minecraft! I was like what?? boys game I thought. I think they like the building houses n forts best. My oldest is a tech savvy chick. I got her a Dora the Explorer PC game when she was 2 1/2. She finished the game in about a week and has not looked back since. Now I go to her for advice on tech stuff, mainly cause im lazy, but i consider myself a above than normal tech person from reading all those manuals for years. I also am happy that my girls play their gadgets, ipod, mp3, play stations, dsi’s cause they weren’t cheap and I dislike when I buy a toy and they loose interest shortly. Argh money down the drain… Good for you and your sons, keep the creativity going girl!!

    1. Lol. Those were my exact sentiments about Minecraft! I tell my husband it’s not like the game has any goal. You can’t win, you can’t save a princess?! What’s the purpose. I will say though that the structures they build blow my mind! But try downloading some of the apps mentioned in the post from the App Store. Personally, I love Free Flow and 4 Pics 1 Word – they’re good for all ages. All the best with your girls! I have 3 sisters…you must feel like my dad did growing up with 4 girls plus mom in our home 😉

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