We were working on our letters and phonics. There was a picture of a rainbow, a wagon, a goat. She was to circle the letter each picture begins with and then write the letter in the space to the right. She was doing the work--circling each correct answer, carefully forming the letter in the space. But her mind clearly was not on her work.
"Mommy." It was a statement but said in such a way as to obtain permission to digress from the work at hand.
"When I'm away from my babies for just 10 minutes, Belle watches them. She puts on shows for them to watch."
"You know," I suggested hopefully, "you could tell Belle she could read stories to the babies. Because reading books is so much more fun than watching TV."
"Oh, yeah," she said thoughtfully, "they read books. And watch shows."
"What do they watch?" I asked.
"The babies watch Dora. Belle watches the news."