Day 7: WATCH A MOVIE WITH MY KIDS WITHOUT MULTI-TASKING
My children consider movies special treats. I try to reserve them for emergencies: rainy Sunday afternoons, nights when I co-op baby-sitting with friends, or recovery from busy weeks. But sadly, I usually use the kids’ special treat as a special treat for myself. It’s my chance to get things done without interruption. Whether it’s catching up on laundry, creating my weekly grocery list, or returning phone calls, I never manage to sit still to enjoy the movie with my children. Today, I am going to give the washing machine a rest, save the grocery list for later, and turn off the ringer. I can’t wait to snuggle with my kids and watch a movie through their eyes.
Movie night didn’t exactly go as planned. It started off perfectly. My husband converted the couch to a bed and laid out cozy blankets. The kids made bathroom runs. I popped up a huge batch of popcorn. And we all snuggled together to watch “Ratatouille.”
17 minutes into the movie, my husband’s work phone rang. 21 minutes in, Big C wanted water. 22 and a half minutes in, Little C wanted milk. 47 minutes in, the popcorn was annihilated, and Big C wanted yogurt. 48 and a half minutes in, Little C wanted yogurt. By the time the movie was wrapping up, my husband was asleep, I was toasting a mini bagel for Big C and retrieving more yogurt for Little C (which she rejected once I opened it), those cozy blankets were the source of a tug-of-war, and I had missed most of the movie.
At least I can tell myself that it wasn’t my own inability to sit still that led to the failure of today’s mission. What is it about watching a movie that induces hunger?! I guess the next time I attempt movie night, my revised goal should be to park a mini fridge next to the bed and inform the kids that their short order cook is taking the night off.