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Hi, it’s me, Molly Kite! I was just using my iPad to find some music to exercise to when I came across a video Kid President doing the Harlem Shake. WHOOPEE! What fun. That kid really makes me giggle. I’d love to be his friend.
Kid President Harlem Shakes real nice!
I like to imagine what it would be like to have the world’s largest Harlem Shake party. Maybe we could get Ellen Degeneres to lead the way, invite Kid President and US Olympics Gymnastics team, The Boston Bruins, The New England Patriots players, the Real Housewives of New Jersey (because Mama says they need some joy) and all of the school children in the United States to participate.It would be so much fun to dance with other people.
Maybe I’ll get the party started by practicing with my brother Banjo. He’s a great Gangham style dancer. In the meantime, I’m going to go buy some new sneakers to be ready for this dance party.
Today is fun, don’t you think?!
Molly Kite & Faith
It seems that there isn’t enough discipline in the world and maybe it starts with the people who write tv shows! Brother Banjo and I were watching a funny show the other morning and really enjoying ourselves when suddenly the little boy in the show spoke very badly to his mother. He called her a name, shouted at her and stormed out of the room while the mom just rolled her eyes and laughed and the grandfather said something about the child being a “chip off the old block.” There was even the sound of an audience laughing out loud. Well, Diary, I tell you this. I don’t know what block that chip came from, but it’s not one Banjo or I want to be part of.
I’m glad Mama and Papa have taught our family kindness. It’s something our family values in a big way. When we are out of line in our words or actions we are sat down and asked to express ourselves differently. It’s really hard to do sometimes, but we work through it together.
The television show problem helped Banjo and I start a conversation. “What if TV shows only allowed respectful interactions,” said my brother. “YES!” I shouted “And what if when something not very nice came up there was a banner that ran across the television with a warning that said “This Is NOT How You Should Behave”.
That made Banjo laugh out loud before offering ‘What if the parent’s were disciplined for misbehaving or for allowing disrespect?! They should have cleared up the issue with the kid right away instead of allowing that kind of bad behavior.”
Now my brain was really thinking hard and little Johnny Poe danced a little as he waited for my next big idea. “What if when people act rudely or without respect they are lovingly taught an option they could have used. We could retrain people by having them write sentences that help them remember a better choice, like: I always speak with respect to everyone. Or, I act as a great model of courtesy.”
The way Johnny Poe is jumping up and down and ruffling his feathers I’d say he thinks we kids are pretty smart! (Maybe I’ll run for president.)
Better media makes beautiful people. I’m Molly Kite and I have Faith!!
Blueberry hugs & kisses,
Molly Kite & Faith
Dear Diary, today I was at the library and I came across some numbers about children’s television habits that really surprised me. Here at our home our down-time in front of the tv or internet is limited and monitored, but I guess there aren’t too many families who are careful like we are. This is what I learned:
- The average time kids spend watching TV each day is four hours. (Wow! my Mom and Papa limit me to an hour each of television and internet)
- Children spend more time watching television than an other activity except sleep. (Well not me anyway. I spend many hours outside playing, cooking in the kitchen with Nana Whacky and having volunteer time, too.)
- 54% of all children have a television set in their room. (If I had a TV set in my room then who would I watch “Wheel of Fortune” with? Gee, that’s no fun!)
- 44% of kids say they watch something different when they are alone than with their parents and 25% of those kids choose MTV. (If I really want to watch MTV shouldn’t I be able to watch it with adults who love me? There must be a reason kids are watching without adults in the room to guide them. Besides, I wouldn’t want Faith to see some of the stuff I hear about on that channel.)
You know, Dear Diary, maybe I’m just different, but I’m okay with that. I don’t need the television to entertain me. I make up my own entertainment and I’m not lazy about it. I like to spend time daydreaming and then drawing pictures of those big wishes. I enjoy singing, learning guitar and figuring out what those big green worms are on Nana’s tomato plants. The world is a big place and it seems to me that the TV can make a person’s world real small if they aren’t careful. I think better media would make better kids, but that’s just my opinion.
I’ve gotta run now. I’m going to call up Luna and see what she’s up to today. Papa said I could bring a friend to his workshop and he’d teach us how to pound nails properly.
If you can, tell Pat Sajak I said hello~ *giggle*
Molly Kite & Faith
<<NOTE: The information from this article was taken from www.ParentsTV.org and can be found by clicking the link. >>
There is a nasty storm climbing up the east coast named Hurricane Sandy! I heard the weatherman say we’d better be prepared for the worst. Nana Whacky says that we’ll be safe from Hurricane Sandy and we’d better prepare for the best. It’s the law of attraction and we talk about it a lot at our house. The more attention that you give to something, the more you’ll get of it. Similar thoughts gather together and create your real life experiences. Thoughts are things!
I suppose if we focus on the whirling winds, high rising waters and dangers that come with a hurricane then we’re bound to see more of it. It’s like we create a frenzy of fear about a condition that may actually skip right over our little town. On the other hand, if we spend time feeling safe and secure while we enjoy the inside of our homes then maybe all we’ll get is a tightly knit family that loves caring for one another.
Faith and I have got to run! I smell Nana Whacky’s bread baking in the oven. Brother Banjo is setting up a game of Scrabble while Mom and Papa close the window shutters. Maybe later I’ll read a good book.
Hurricane Sandy, you don’t scare me! Best wishes for safe storm watching. I raise my cocoa mug to you!
Love and chocolate sprinkles,
There is a race going on between donkeys and elephants. Apparently there are colors involved, too. You can pick red or blue depending on who you want to win the race. This contest is to see who will get to run this country, one of them will be the new President of the United States.
Apparently this race is making many adults angry. Why are the candidates fighting? Apparently some men represent donkeys and other men represent elephants. These donkeys and elephants who want to run our country just keep arguing. I saw the headlines in the newspaper, those who want to run our country are accusing each other of lying, cheating, and messing with the facts. They are messing up the race and making things confusing for the people watching.
Yikes?! Is that what leaders do? Not me. When I got picked to be the leader of the hide-and-seek game last weekend I was fair and kind and supportive. I had to make some rules, but I was careful to make choices that wouldn’t hurt people but that would help them to succeed.
I’m confused. Shouldn’t the people who are going to be in charge of this country be honest and kind? I think, or I thought, they are supposed to care about people no matter how much money they do or do not have. I also thought that if they were going to make decisions for people that they would do what was best for most of us. That isn’t what I am hearing.
This morning Nana Whacky took me to the local coffee shop for a mid-morning snack. The carrot cake muffin was sweet and tender, but the words coming from the mouths of the folks sitting at the table nearby were not. Their faces were angry and I heard words like “Lying. Stealing. Not trustworthy. Distorting the facts. Misleading. Criminals” There was a lot of fists being pounded on the table and some of the people actually looked like they had no hope. People were picking sides. Some people supported donkeys, some chose the elephant, but all of the folks were frustrated. It sounded to me like all the donkeys and elephants need to be put in a holding pen to think about what they are saying. Nana Whacky would say “Gosh dang it, they need a time out!” I agree.
I don’t like seeing people with no hope. Nana says that things are hard these days and “Things ain’t what they used to be in the good old days.” If old days are good then let’s have some new good old days.
People should play nice together. A race is just a game, and if these donkeys and elephants can’t be fair and run in the race with out lying and being hurtful, then maybe, just maybe, we could vote for a dolphin. They are intelligent and playful. Dolphins live in groups so they must know how to get along. You never see a dolphin angry or cheating someone.
If the dolphin thing doesn’t pan out, then Faith is telling me to vote for Nana Whacky to win the race. After all, she knows where the best coffee shops are.
I don’t watch a lot of television. And now we watch even less of the world news. Mama and Papa sat down the whole family and we talked about this decision. Banjo started by saying the nightly news makes him angry. When he sees something going wrong he feels like fighting and slamming his fist. He says it’s hard to control his anger. Nana Whacky’s eyes got sort of wet and she said “I ain’t watching people take advantage of other people any more!” She even shook her fist at the TV Box. That made me giggle.
Mama and Papa talked about the fact that humans are influenced by what they see in front of them. They said that by us keeping the world news on during the evening we are focusing our attention bad things, things that make us unhappy. The more we watch and comment, the worse we feel. Papa said that rather than be angry as we watch the news we should turn our attention to better things. Better media makes us beautiful people is what he said. I think that was exactly the moment when Banjo whispered something about maybe Mama should watch more of the cooking channel. (I giggled again. I like it when Banjo teases Mama!)
I think we made a good choice that night. No more watching and hearing about everything that is going wrong with the world. From now on we are only going to pay attention to things that make us feel good.
Hugs, kisses & spaghetti, Molly Kite (and Faith)
Kids everywhere are changing the world five minutes at a time. Who doesn’t have 5 minutes.
The holidays are here and it’s a special time at my house. Nana Whacky is baking her famous “Nut Puffs” which look like happy little snowballs, Banjo is learning to play the, uh, the banjo-he is practicing the jingle bells song, and Mama and Papa are off delivering meals to our neighbors. I feel very fortunate!
Many needy children do not have the same good luck as I do. Thankfully many children believe in the goodness and charity of the Christmas season that does not come in the form of gifts. Their “Dear Santa” letters arrive by the thousands in every Post Office in the United States.
Each year kind hearted people bring Operation Santa Claus to life by answering “Dear Santa” letters from needy children who would otherwise have no Christmas at all.
For more information about Operation Santa, please click here.
This is Nana~ Listen up. Optimism will get you places. Here are three ways we can teach our kids to be more optimistic:
Model optimism. Kids learn what is modeled in front of them every day. Walk your talk.
Perspective matters. Teach kids that there is more than one way to look at every
situation. We can show them how to take a bad moment and turn it into something good.
Say it loud and say it proud: “My glass is half full.” Full it up with a full explanation of what exactly that means, that you prefer to see things as hopeful and with great possibility rather than seeing things as a hindrance.
Having a dream is a great thing but Nana Whacky says making the dream bigger than I think I can is even better. She tells me I should try to do the impossible.
Mr. Walt Disney said “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Nana says that when times got tough for Mr. Disney he decided to take his work to another level and that was when he developed Mickey Mouse. He completely knocked the socks off the people who told him he wasn’t creative enough. He really took action!
I told Nana that today, instead of me taking myself to another level maybe she ought to just take me for a visit to Disney World!
What do you think is impossible and what are you doing to change that??