7 Quick Takes Friday

[A fun way to share all sorts of stuff that your readers might find interesting/amusing but that wouldn't qualify for a full blog post.]

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I’m cutting back on time online (again). Steady Mom opened a recent blog post with this: “The stereotype of the 1980′s at-home mother featured bathrobe, slippers, and soap operas. Most of us would agree that’s a pretty outdated image. But I fear it’s been replaced with one that is just as damaging – a mom stuck behind a computer screen.”

Ouch.

I got to thinking- from a child’s perspective, does it matter if it’s a soap opera or a computer screen? I can justify to myself all day that what I’m reading online is helping me be a better mother and a better homeschooler, but all that my 3 year old sees is mom gazing at a screen. Could be a blog. Could be a soap opera. Doesn’t really matter if mom’s tuned out. So the rule stands: no being online if the kids are up or if Andy’s home. I’d better have these posts mapped out in my head if I’m going to have time to get them onto the screen.

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If you haven’t seen Jen’s learning room over at Wildflowers & Marbles, you simply must go look. But before you do, go look up the 10th commandment and repeat it to yourself at least five times. Trust me, you’re gonna need it. ;)

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Full disclosure: I hated reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins. The kids loved it; I thought it was ridiculously dumb. But it’s a Newberry Honor book. And all the 4Realers love it. And that means that I should love it too, right? Ay.

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I bought Blue Yonder’s most recent Book of Days, and I am excited about showing it to the kids. I could see this series playing a major part in our learning adventures next year.

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I work in a library. At this time of year, my job entails talking up the summer reading program with gusto. I loathe the summer reading program. Don’t get me wrong- the puppet shows, the concerts, the crafts and activities (all free!) are outstanding and we attend as many as we can. But the whole “read for 20-minutes and get a sticker; read for 10 hours and get a zoo pass” deal? Argh. That’s like telling your child that if they eat 3 ice cream cones every day all summer, they’ll get a prize. By the end of the summer, that ice cream ain’t gonna look so good. Right from the start, we bribe kids to read, and then wonder why they don’t read for pleasure. Good grief.

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I just started reading Triumph: the power and the glory of the Catholic Church. It’s time for me to amend my severe lack of historical knowledge regarding the Church and its roots. It’s unacceptable, really, that before I converted to Catholicism (at the age of 22), I hadn’t ever heard that Christianity started with the Catholic Church. Somehow, all the protestant churches skipped over that little bit o’ knowledge during my many years of devout attendance. The church I attended in my teens actually taught that Catholics aren’t even Christians. Hmmm… maybe they should read Crocker’s book, too. It’s no small book, so I’m reading it with a big cup of coffee, alongside my morning prayer. Call it school. I’m digging in.

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My goodness, I think I’m actually out of things to say. Imagine that. I guess it’s 6 Quick Takes for me this week!

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Comments

  1. Somehow the audio verson of Mr. Popper’s penguins we got from our library came as its own individual mp3 player! My 5 year old LOVED it and listened to it a few times before we took it back, and while I wouldn’t make a habit of sending one so young off with his own player and headphones, it was a relief to have one I didn’t have to read OR listen to. I recall liking it as a child, but after reading your post, I’m even a bit more grateful for that device. Off to go be productive away from a computer screen. I think I’ll go clean my learning room;)

  2. #6 – I really enjoyed that book. He’s a bit… is bombastic the word I’m looking for?… in his approach, but it was such a fun read.

  3. WOW, no computer if the kids are awake OR if andy is home. does that give you ANY time on the thing?? good for you.
    r

  4. Can I ask you about your conversion and how you came to decide that catholicism was the right place for you to be instead of the protestant church? This has been a topic on my mind for several months, and I’m curious to hear your story.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the reminder about the computer. SO TRUE!

    Haven’t I told you before I was stepping away? Yet here I am in the middle of the day…

    I need to reevaluate my time online as well!

    I would love to hear if you are enjoying the book. I plan to focus more reading time on the Faith and I am a little overwhelmed at the choices!

    Glad to see I can now leave comments here!

    Tracey (Connections)

  6. You’re such a wise mama. I’m interested in reading that book about the history of the Catholic church. I’m not even Catholic, but I’ve been interested in learning more lately. And point #1…so true; I’m working on that to.

  7. I’ve recently had that exact thought as the women you mentioned in #1. I used to think, similarly, that “well, I’m not on the phone all the time” and such, but the kids seeing my back while I’m on the computer is not much different.

    I really enjoy your writing.

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