Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mama Time

I've been struggling with how knowing how much time to spend individually with Emily lately. She seems to be a bottomless pit in how much attention she would *like*! I love it when she says, "snuggle with me Mama?" But, I would never get anything done if always went with what she had in mind - playing, reading books, snuggling, etc...

In talking with David this weekend, he came up with this idea and we're going to give it a try. I made two "coupons" for Mama Time. She will receive these each morning at breakfast and be able to spend them anytime she wants to during the day excluding Quiet Time.

When she presents me the coupon, I will spend a set amount of time with her doing whatever she wants. I'll update soon on how this is going...

13 comments:

Melissa said...

great idea - hope it goes well!

*carrie* said...

Reminds me of TV money--I'll be curious to see how it goes.

MyHeartIsAlwaysHome said...

That is a wonderful idea! It might be a struggle at first until she gets it, but after that I think she will value her coupons.

Jammie said...

I'm enjoying your blog. Kids of all sizes LOVE coupons. I think this will work for you.

Jammie

Katy said...

Good luck!!! I hope it works well for you guys! Let us know! :)

Stacey said...

I love this idea! Be sure to let us know how it goes.

Anonymous said...

In order to get much accomplished each day, we follow a detailed schedule. Of course, we don't follow it exactly, but it does keep us from playing and reading all day :). Part of the schedule includes 'play w/Mamma' and it works perfectly for us. I have 2 children and they each get 2 days each week day where they get to pick exactly what they want to do w/me. They are so excited when it is their time to play - I love it!

Rebecca said...

I am struggling with the same thing with little one. I think he is a little young for this idea, but I am curious how it will go.
Have a great day!
R

Simple Family Supper lady said...

What a good idea! I have used this with TV! Let us know it how it works!
Heather

Sarah said...

Good idea. I too, struggle with giving each child enough "Mommy time". My question is, when she gives you a coupon, do you just stop what you are doing at the moment and do what she wants to do? There are times when I just can't be interrupted (homeschooling, making dinner, etc.)

Can't wait to hear how it goes.

Anonymous said...

Ah, coupons! The first thing I thought of was TV time coupons -- which I see Carrie thought of, too! :) Good luck! Love you, Mom

thehomespunheart said...

Sarah - this is a valid concern and we haven't been doing this long enough to have all the kinks worked out. So far, I have stopped what I was doing or got to the nearest stopping point and then had Mama Time.
Monica

Mamacita said...

What a great idea! I will be anxious to see how it goes.