Saturday, March 25, 2017


We showed the kids Moana a couple of weeks ago and have watched it almost every day since then. Why? Because Zoë loves it. Zoë doesn't nap and up until viewing Moana she had never sat still through a movie, let alone a 20 minute episode of anything else. But she will watch Moana.

I get that screen time isn't necessarily healthy for young children but do you know what else is unhealthy for children? When their mothers get no break from nonsense. That's what.

So we've watched Moana pretty much every day. Sometimes she watches the whole thing. Other times she falls asleep in the middle. Often she pulls out the LEGO and sits and plays while she listens to it—but she sits and plays, so it's still a win.

If you say, "Do you want to watch a show?" Zoë will say, "Moana!"

At bedtime she also requests "Moana!" for music.

Last night she was singing along to the chorus of "How Far I'll Go."

See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me
And no one knows, how far it goes
If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me
One day I'll know
If I go there's just no telling how far I'll go

She was just calling out the last words in each line from her bed.

" me!"


"...hind me!"



We might be over-watching this movie, but I think it's done wonders for my sanity. I was telling Andrew once, when I was having an emotional breakdown over lack of sleep, that the hardest part of my day is that there is no "countdown" to bedtime or nap time. I never knew when this baby was going to sleep. Would it be 8:00, 9:00 11:00 at night? Would it be 2:00, 3:00 6:00 in the morning? It was anyone's guess when Zoë was finally going to succumb to sleep. And even then I knew she was just going to wake up in an hour or two to torture me again. It was terrible.

And nap time? Please.

This baby has never consistently napped.

I mean, if she went to bed at 6:00 AM, there was a good chance we'd be napping a lot during the day...if I could get Benjamin to entertain himself. But, otherwise, there was no guarantee.

There's still no guarantee on nap time (or bed time, for that matter), but things have improved a lot the past few months. But simply knowing that—at the very least—I have a "countdown" to Moana? It's done wonders for my mental health, which is healthy for my kids. 


  1. This is how A was with Frozen...which was great until all the other kids started to hate frozen because she'd watched if so many times 😂 I loved Moana. I sing the songs all the times. My kids are eventually going to go crazy. There was also a moment when I realized I could dress like Moana without any type of effort on my part and it almost made me cry. And that friends is why it is important for diversity in princesses.

  2. I am soooo glad for you! Thanks goodness for Moana!