FAVORITE FINDS FRIDAY: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

My husband and I have been back and forth trying to decide if it is best to use Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to help assist in some of my son’s unfavorable, but necessary times of the day.   During the summer when my son’s iron levels were low, I started to use Mickey Mouse Clubhouse during mealtimes to encourage him to eat more food.   My reasoning was that his iron level was far more important than the negative effects of watching television when eating.   However, deep down I worried that I was creating more harm than I knew.

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Throughout the summer and into the school year, we continued to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse during mealtimes.   However, when he started to zone out during these shows and was not eating at day care, we started to rethink this mealtime tactic. Therefore, we took a brief break from Mickey and focused on meals differently. That soon changed when pneumonia hit us hard…

When my son started to wheeze, it turned into a trip to the emergency room and then doctors’ offices for several hours of breathing treatments.   Then, after he was diagnosed with pneumonia, we had to use the nebulizer several times a day at home.  What 19 month old toddler wants to sit for 10-30 minutes without moving!?!?  Therefore, we turned back to Mickey and the gang for help.

Not only did Mickey Mouse Clubhouse help us through two weeks of breathing treatments, they have also helped us many times with eating.   I know that as TJ grows older we will have more opportunities to eat as a family and I cannot wait for those days.    For right now, as he is now eating well at daycare and at home, we feel like it is quite okay to use Mickey’s help on some days when needed.

Therefore,  this week’s favorite find is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Thank you Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, and the rest of the gang who have helped us in so many ways while also teaching great lessons.   With that being said, I never thought I would be that parent using the television during mealtimes or to help with something like breathing treatments.   In fact, before my son, I was against it.   Now, I realized it is all about living in the moment and doing whatever works best for your family.   In many ways, being a mother has made me an even more open-minded person than I already was.

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With Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on our side, we smile on to an amazing holiday…

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9 thoughts on “FAVORITE FINDS FRIDAY: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

  1. Linda Jenkins

    As parents we have to learn to be flexible in all areas of parenting. You/husband made the right choice based on your son’s needs and circumstances. TJ will grow up with a lot of repect and admiration for his parents. 🙂

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    1. smilingawayfoodallergies Post author

      Thank you so much for this encouragement. I believe that being a middle school teacher for over 10 years has taught me about being flexible. However, becoming a parent has done an even better job of teaching me this. These days we take it day by day, minute by minute… Thank you again for reading and your sweet comment. =)

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    1. smilingawayfoodallergies Post author

      Ha! Thanks! Yes, I do hear that the picky, minimal eating theme is quite popular among toddlers these days.

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  2. i N S P i R E D !

    🙂 Good choice. I perfectly understand this scenario as I can tell you for free that my 2yr old daughter is showing a huge appreciation for new vocabulary/words from our use of contents from characters like Rupert Bear, The Hive – Buzzbee, etc. It’s always best to understand the individual child and then apply these materials for their growth and development. Well done!

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    1. smilingawayfoodallergies Post author

      I totally agree! Thank you for sharing your own scenario with this type of situation. I appreciate it and the kind encouragement. I apologize for not responding sooner as I have been taking a brief break from blogging to focus on a couple other things. However, I truly appreciate the comment. Have a great day!

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