Monday, August 18, 2008

Finding Time

I have two young children and my days are filled with laundry, dishes, making messes, cleaning up messes, arts, crafts, cooking, tons of playing and reading to them. How do I find time to read for myself?
This is a perfect time for me to discuss finding and making time, since I am having a problem with this lately. I do feel that reading is part of being a mother. How will my kids learn to love reading if they never see me read?

According to Verois, Suhler and Associates investment banker "each day in the U.S. people spend 4 hours watching T.V., 3 hours listening to the radio and 14 minutes reading magazines." I think time can be better well spent reading or almost anything else. (This is really hard for me durning the Olympics)

For those of us who have already turned off the T.V. we need to schedule reading time into our lives. We have to schedule time for those things that are most important. Steven R. Covey said "The key is not to prioritize what is on your schedule but to schedule your priorities." Reading to me is a huge priority. I must read for my own education and entertainment but most importantly to be an example for my kids. We should not feel guilty when we take time to read.

Finding time to read:

1. Turn off the T.V./electronics

2. Schedule time to read

3. Realize that reading is important and not just for leisure
May we all find the time we need to learn, and gain our education, not only for ourselves but for those little souls that may be watching for our examples.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Little Britches Father and I were Ranchers by Ralph Moody

The cover of this book says it all. Ralph Moody's books "should be read aloud in every family circle in America." I have only read this one, there are eight in this series. Moody has a total of 19 books. Little Britches is about ranching life in the early 1900's, based on his true life and set in Colorado. There is nothing I can say about this book except that you should read it, and read it to your family. I love how every one in the family adds to the success of the ranch. Everyone can make a difference and in fact has to. The lessons that can be learned and taught from this book are immeasurable. Not only is it a great learning tool, it has a fascinating story line that will keep attention of even the most attention deprived youngsters. Horses, cowboys, chocolate, feuding neighbors, fights, courage, fear and rodeo, this book has everything. This is a family collectible book, one to read and to own.