One idea that I got from Jerick’s family is Movie Time. It’s a time we set aside every Saturday afternoon, when all of us gather in the living room and enjoy a video. We take turns choosing what video to watch. On other times, the kids watch videos on their own while Papa is at work or Mama is in the kitchen. Late at night, Bong and I watch the movies we like. But during Movie Time, everyone sits down to watch the designated movie.
Trixi eating popcorn
Chino eating ice cream
Here’s what we chose in the last round: Trixi got “Horton Hears A Who”, Chino chose “Speed Racer”, I got “Hook” and Bong went with “Space Chimps”. It’s one way to get the kids to watch something new. Otherwise, they’re okay with watching Star Wars for the millionth time.
I wonder how long Chino and Trixi will agree to have Movie Time with us. I dread the day when they will choose to go out with their friends rather than watch a video with their parents. I know it’s inevitable, but I hope it doesn’t come soon.
In the meantime, I’m stocking up on child-friendly videos that we can all enjoy together.
When we were just preparing to move into our house, I imagined that our living room table would have a pretty vase with fresh flowers, and there would be a couple of coffee-table books, maybe about art, around it. But then again, with young children in the house, we thought that wasn’t practical yet. Instead, this is how our living room table looks like…
Our living room table
Each one of us has his/her own pile of reading materials. I used to ask the kids to have just one book on the table at a time, but they like to have a lot of their books around. Right now, Chino is reading “The 39 Clues: Maze of Bones”. His pile includes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, some Boxcar children books, his Pirate-o-Pedia, some books on animals and a Secret Seven book (handed down by Tita Niks). Trixi is reading “Hiccups for Elephant”. Her pile includes a Treasury for 5-year olds, some Blue’s Clues books, Stories and Rhymes, and even Kuya’s Pilipinas Kong Mahal from Prep. They select which books to bring down from their shelves in the den.
The living room table is also where the kids like to hang around. They have a separate study table, but somehow, they just end up writing or drawing or coloring in the living room. Just the other night, while I was preparing dinner, Chino and Trixi were writing their own books.
Chino's latest manuscript
So I guess that pretty vase will have to wait a little while longer.