Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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What Do Finding Nemo and Rio Have In Common?

Finding Nemo and Rio are my son’s two favorite movies. Everyday we watch these movies together. Yes, both of them. As soon as I sit down on the couch he brings the DVD box for Rio up to me. He says, “Rio?”. I end up saying okay and play the movie for him. When it is done he says, “Nemo?”. Once again, I say okay and play Finding Nemo. I usually don’t mind because I can watch a movie over and over, especially if it is a good one. These movies make my son happy so I don’t mind playing them for him. He loves the bright colors and festive music of Rio and dances in front of the TV.

I didn’t think little Daiyana would care for the movies, but she loves them too! It is so cute to see her rolling around on the floor next to her brother. She plays with her toys but every now and then lifts her head up and stares at the TV. They are both so cute I can’t stand it. I’m quick to grab the video camera to tape them and take pictures.

I’m trying to limit the amount of t.v. time that both of my kids see, but lately it has been difficult. They love these movies and my son constantly asks to see them. At some point during the movie I shut it off and ask my son if he would like to read a book. He kind of looks at me crazy then goes to get a book. I don’t want him to forget his love for books and the power of his own imagination. These are the times when it is absolutely necessary for me to step in as a mother and guide my children down a different path.

How do you handle monitor balance TV time with your kids?  Is Finding Nemo and Rio as popular with your kids as with mine?

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