Thursday, February 18, 2010

teaching a first grader about sacrifice

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I have decided to forgo chocolate the next 40 days. And my sailor mouth will go virgin during this time too.

It must be Lent.

And while I prepare in prayer and sacrifice for the Easter season, I figure I should be a good Mom and teach Amara about self-denial.

Try explaining to a 6 year old why she should stop anything in her daily regimen.

Here are some things Amara has refused to give up for Lent:
  1. iCarly

  2. chocolate (she's obviously smarter than me)

  3. Wii

  4. juice

  5. singing the music of Glee

  6. McDonald's

  7. listening to her iPod

  8. computer time

  9. playing basketball

  10. Spongebob

  11. ice cream

  12. shopping (a girl after her mom's heart!)

  13. playing Brick on my Blackberry

Amara ultimately chose to give up cookies. If she can make it 40 days, I will then know she truly understands sacrifice.

How about you? Do you give up anything this time of year?

7 comments :

  1. I still don't know. I should give up computer time but I don't think I'm strong enough to stay away. Maybe if I say facebook or blogs.

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  2. We are not a religious family so it surprised me when my 11yo told me that he was giving up comic books for Lent. Turns out that his friend has given up "first person shooter" video games.
    I pointed out that we are going to Toronto in March and he has plans to go to his favourite comic book store. He doesn't think that's a problem, though, as he's sure his friend "will cave first."

    I've made sure that there is no money on the line - they clearly didn't do this in the spirit of self denial but more in the spirit of betting...Sigh.

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  3. Chocolate would be really, really tough for me. I used to not care about sweets until I had my son. So strange, but now I can't get enough of them!

    Good luck to you and Amara - you can do it!

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  4. Lent. I used to be so good at the self denial stuff.

    Now? I'm just desperate. I feel like I would go (more) insane with no wine, no chocolate, no computer. I think I would be a worse person and other would pay for *my* sacrifice. So, I am working on finding something active to DO for lent, rather than give up. Let me know if you have any good ideas.

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  5. Lent. I used to be so good at the self denial stuff.

    Now? I'm just desperate. I feel like I would go (more) insane with no wine, no chocolate, no computer. I think I would be a worse person and other would pay for *my* sacrifice. So, I am working on finding something active to DO for lent, rather than give up. Let me know if you have any good ideas.

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  6. So it's day 2 of Lent and Amara already has caved into having cookies...did it at school and then felt so guilty she told me when she got home!

    And Jen, I thought about giving up Twitter or Facebook. Yea, guess I'm not that strong!

    Laurie, I think I chose swearing as kind of a bet to show Dad2Amara I could do it. Heck, I want to show myself I can do it.

    Kristen, I have told myself that I need to do some sort of physical activity each day - working out, taking a walk, anything. Maybe that?

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  7. I am not Catholic, so I don't have to give up anything... but I remembeer being a kid and seeing my Catholic cousins give stuff up! I assume it is best to give up something that really means something to you... for me it would probably be Dr. Pepper or soda altogether... but I think I would try to find a way to give up something I don't really need badly. Like, I could give up watching TV for forty days easily because I don't really like it. Facebook? Not so much! I could give up fast food I think too.
    PS This thing won't let me comment with my Typepad account, but this is Nicki from Slow Down, Gym Shoe!!!

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