2. Replay. You know, that button that will replay the last 30 seconds. Perfect for sports fans who wants to see if that was really goaltender interference, or an expert dive. Well, sometimes, I am
3. Rewind. Things fall off the rails sometimes. Someone said something or did something and it sets off a chain reaction of incivility, poor behaviour, hurt feelings and noisy conflicts. Sometimes I wish we could reach back in time 30 minutes and have a do-over. This would also be helpful if I could use it on myself to have a second crack at thinking that it would be untidy NOT to finish off the entire row of Oreo cookies.
4. Fast forward. Sometimes you just want to jump forward a month. You know, those phases the kids are in. You know it won't last forever. It feels like forever and you want to jump to next month this time to see if we can get through one day without the kids arguing who gets in the van first or through one bedtime without it feeling like a hostage negotiation. I have thought this would also be helpful at work when faced with a deadline and I can't possibly imagine how I will meet it (but always do). Wouldn't it be nice to just jump forward to the minute I meet the deadline and the sweet sense of relief?
5. Picture in picture. Our family life really is a family life. Sometimes, I wish I could just hive off a little time for a grown up life, but not forget the family life. So if I could keep an eye on things with the picture in picture (I am the consummate multi-tasker) I could have my own parallel, alternate life but could switch back at the press of a button. I think the kids might use this one to switch to a universe where green gummy worms counted as "something green that is healthy".
6. Sleep button. With the day light hours extending, no school and allergy congestion, Jackson is sometimes up very late. Honestly, this June has been MUCH BETTER than the last two Junes. But he still comes into our room late to read us something funny in a book. Or more likely, to tell us that he is bored and declare that he has done absolutely everything fun and could we please come up with a new list of suggestions. After he has exasperated us and we tell him to leave our room NOW, he'll encamp just outside our bedroom door and twitch for about an hour. A 30 minute sleep button would be come in very handy. Or an off button for that matter. And since I suffer from the same I-can't-sleep-until-my-brain-stops-running syndrome, I could use a sleep button myself.