I was working on today's quote and thought I would share this thought. Ever thought of taking a time-out WITH your kids? Try this.

I remember watching a CNN special about the after effects of the terror attacks on September 11 in the home. If you can think back to 911 most people had the news on 24/7. I've always believed that was the birth for some of our 24-hour news habits. Did you ever think what that does to your kids?

Our son Lennox is about 22 months old, and he lets us know quickly. "DADDY! DADDY! DADDY!" and that's when I know it's time to take a time-out with our son. We can watch the news and keep it on in the background distinguishing between events. If your kids are watching it on television, it's like coming on for the very first time, each time. Think about that. It's like me putting on Winnie the Pooh and Lennox acts like he's never seen it before. The excitement is new every time. Imagine what the bad stuff does to them. It's our responsibility to censor that stuff and sometimes just turn it off. Take a time-out.

We had to be quiet and serious so he could hear. So focused!

We've spent plenty of time in the hospital with Lennox and this is how we've taught him to be comfortable with a stethoscope.

Here's how we just did it.