I recently joined a book club. I think it was a good decision. How much time do you have to read? Do you watch TV in the evenings? Too tired after work or a long day? Does reading anything over the equivalent of the newspaper or People Magazine seem too much of a task? Well, don’t lose hope! There are other tired moms (and dads) out there too.
As a homeschooling family we have made a conscious choice to forgo the television as much as possible. We actually don’t have cable and haven’t had it in 13 yrs. We still have rabbit ears on the TV which will grant us a meager 3 or 4 channels on a good day. If you ever wondered if a man could channel surf on 3 or 4 channels, well let me tell you……it can be done! 🙂
Over the years, I have noticed a lot more reading happening among the adults in the family. I believe this has helped foster my own children’s love of reading. Children are more prone to join us & pick up a book, or play a game, or do a puzzle rather than ask to watch a video if Mom & Dad are both reading.
Recently, my husband came home with “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens only to give up on it ever too quickly because he just couldn’t get through it. This is a common fate for ‘the classics’ when we try and jump in on one of the “Great Books” without a guide or a plan. I recently picked up a copy of such a guide. “The Well Educated Mind” by Susan Wise Bauer can help you establish a plan on what to read first and how to approach reading these classics without feeling overwhelmed. The book also includes an extremely helpful annotated list of just where to begin. This is a resource worth keeping around.
In the meantime….Happy Reading!