Parenting is hard, but it is possible. This week Cannon was diagnosed with fifth disease. It has a much more scientific (and in my opinion better name – Total aside that I don’t know how to punctuate: Jill called me from her mobile phone to tell me that Cannon had been diagnosed with fifth disease. I thought she said SIDS disease, and asked her to repeat it. She did, and I still thought she said SIDS. I totally freaked out for about 8 seconds before I realized that living babies are not brought into the doctor’s office and diagnosed with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. I asked Jill one more time, and she had to spell fifth for me) name, but most people who have heard of it know it as 5th disease. It is not really dangerous to Cannon, but has given us some alarm about our unborn child. We are now awaiting lab results.
Parenting has been more difficult with Cannon this week because he has felt miserable and has acted accordingly. He has required a lot more attention and patience than normal, and thankfully Jill and I are here and my parents are close by so I believe he has gotten what he needs. I mention all this because today I read a question sent in to a Tech Columnist: I want to limit my children’s computer time. I want them to get outside, and to finish their homework. Can I restrict when and how long they can use the computer? The tech specialist talked of Operating system settings that allowed you to limit a users time. I would have said, “Tell your kid to get off the computer and go outside.” No one ever writes me and asks me questions like that, though.
First of all, I want to express my gratitude to Chris for replying to my previous blog. His song list would really have given me the most bang for my buck, and, rather unbelievably, I do not own any of them at this time. I was especially tempted by