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Today's Toddler

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Yesterday, Max and I were talking about dinosaurs and dragons. We talk about these things a lot lately and a new thing that Max is into is looking up photos of dinosaurs and dragons on the computer. We open up Google and I type in "Dinosaur", click images. Max navigates the computer using the finger pad and clicking on the photo he wants to look at. From an early age we've used the computer with Max. The television? Very rarely. We have a TV and I can count on one hand how many times I've turned it on since the beginning of the year. We do use the computer to watch videos on You Tube, lots of great Sesame Street clips and if you want to see trains of all sizes and from all over the world. I do let Maximilien watch some TV. I have downloaded from iTunes episodes of The Little Einstiens, Word World, Max and Ruby, Curious George (loves this show!), Madeline and Martha the talking dog.  He picks an chooses which show to watch. I save movies for him to watch with me on weekends. Lately, he's really been into Dinosaur (of course!) and Up. So, yes we do watch "tv".

The iPhone has been a neat learning tool for Max. The educational apps that are coming out these days are plentiful. Some are not as good as other. But some are just excellent and for .99 cts for the majority of them I have no problem investing in a few apps for Max.

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I am excited to see what technologies will come out that my son (and I) will get to experience. I can imagine an iPad being a very cool learning tool. As much as we're all about computers and internet I'm glad to read books and play with play doh and color with crayons. I also love that my son can sit for an hour straight and do puzzles and not get bored. As much as technology will be present in my children's lives I strive to keep a balance. I love that I can leave behind the easy access world (leave my iphone at home) and go outside to the Parc de Choisy and spend the afternoon looking for the perfect stick to chase pigeons and hunt dragons. Parenting today's toddler is all about finding the balance between technological parenting and hands on parenting.

Ever so often...

I find myself eating dinner alone. Julien's job sometimes requires him to stay late and if I wait for him I'll be eating dinner after 9pm. As much as I hate to eat alone I understand that this is how it is. We decided to form a family and I chose to stay home and take care of Max and Julien has become our sole breadwinner.  It's working for us but no one said it would be easy.

Tonight, I sat down at my computer with a nice plate of homemade carbonara and two DVDs I'd borrowed from a friend. I was trying to decide between Les Triplettes de Belleville and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon when my Skype icon started to bounce in my dashboard. It was my brother William calling me.

I answer and hear "Crunch, crunch, crunch" and with his mouth full he asks me what I am doing?

Me: "Oh, just sitting here getting ready to eat dinner. alone"

William: (mouth full) "Oh, me too but I'm eating lunch."

Me: (chewing my dinner)

William : (Chewing his lunch)

Me: (Chewing my dinner and drinking water)

William: (Mouth full) "We're keeping each other company."

Thanks for the company, Billy. :) I needed it.