You have the power…

imagesG7G0RUFII was listening to some vintage or classic rap recently while driving.  I know its vintage because my kids love to remind me that anything that I know all the words to is quite dated or as they like to put it Old School.  “The Power” a song by the German music group Snap! From their album World Power released in 1990 started playing.

 Now this song is particularly known for its hook “I’ve got the power!”  Singing along while doing some pretty awesome upper body grooving at a red light.  (It is not wise to do much lower body moving if your driving.)  I started thinking about power and light.  This is what I came up with and I thought I would share.

Everyone has a light bulb inside of them.

You are the Operator of the switch.

Yes, you have the Power.  The wiring is all set up.

So…

What are you going to do?

I think you should…

turn it on

Oh, and if the switch seems to be stuck – check the bulb.  Is your light turned on?

If it’s off, what can you do to turn it back on?

Do you need a new bulb?

Get one.

The Bill is already paid up.

This song and thought process on a chilly February day is quite possibly one of the best Light Turner-On Activities I’ve ever come up with.

If you would like to enjoy the inspiration for this post here is the link.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=z33tH-JdPDg

Namaste, no pun intended..Danielle

Summer Parenting Moments using Family History..

Sharing their lives with each other

Its summer time and most young people want to be as far away from learning as possible. However summer with its long rides up to the cottage, sun sets and waiting for fish to bite provides an excellent opportunity for you to hang with your kids and re affirm family values.  As the gang was heading to a family reunion this past weekend.  I started telling the kids about the people they were going to see…and where they came from. (Not the Birds and the Bees but our Family History).
Now there may be parts of your family history that you are not proud of, not every family has empty closets. However your family history is just that… History… It’s done and over… It is History… You can tell an edited version of any family story, and use it as a parenting tool. Perhaps you have some issues in your family that are not so nice…For example Uncle so and so who likes to drink lots of beer and tell jokes that make other people uncomfortable.  “Why does he do that Mom???” ” Well  Son if you take into perspective that Grandma was married at the age of  19 to Granddad who was 40 and a wounded World War Two Veteran it’s no surprise that sometimes things were a bit rocky in their relationship… and Uncle So and So had to step in when his parents were not handling things well.  That’s why Uncle So and So acts the way he does sometimes, and is why Dad does not like to drink.”

Lesson taught, perhaps not quite learned, but it’s out there to be used as a parenting tool as situations present themselves.  As I have mentioned before in previous blogs it works better with my kids when I admit that I have done something wrong or dropped the ball.  The kids know that I am not perfect and nor is anyone else.  But there are better ways to handle difficult situations and sometimes it’s best to know the whole story before you judge a person.   And really what pre teen does not want hear the story of  Great Grand Mother Betty who was married 3 times had 12 kids and was  shipwrecked off of the coast of Newfoundland…She lived to be 98…and had bunions…just like Mom…and that’s why you have to carry that stuff because Moms feet hurt… (Warning if Mom has Great Grandmas feet she may have her extended expiry date…So be ready to have her around for a while!)” Please Mom stop now!!” How about you do you use Family Lore as a teaching tool??? Is History really History??? Let me know.

Danielle

 

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