Do you sometimes feel like a fractured family? Too much busy in your lives?
The demands of home, work, church, school, activities, relationships, and the complexities of 21st century living keep many modern day families rushing about in opposing directions—especially now that school’s back in session and our summer vacations are just a happy memory.
But, did you know . . .
Electronics captivate and shorten attention spans. Social media keeps us connected, filtered through touch screens and emoticons, but imprisoned in a virtual world of news and chatter. Minds learn to expect satisfaction at the click of a button. We lose the ability to wait in the realms of delayed gratification. We squirm with crankiness, weighed down with stress, chasing the minutes of our day . . . tick-tocking away.
Children are trained in this from their earliest years, now. Overstimulated and loving it, with insatiable appetites for non-stop action. It’s a challenge to keep up with them.
Turn back the clock?
Recapture a slice of simpler times?
Maybe even come to a complete STOP!
A hundred years ago, life moved at a much slower pace. Folks didn’t have all the modern conveniences to minimize the cumbersome details necessary to daily life. But, they seemed to have more time on their hands to accomplish the chores required of the day. People lived closer to the beauties of nature—more down to earth. Slower days, with less expected of them in it, they enjoyed the luxury of taking their time in their tasks. Minimal distractions. Harder work—but rewarding.
What if I told you that’s precisely what you can do when you prioritize family reading as a lifestyle . . . when you purpose in your household—with all ages, all at the same time—to STOP! For a story . . .
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- What this is and how it brought families together a hundred years ago.
- Three reasons why reading aloud as a family is so important.
- What Plato taught families in ancient Greece about storytelling.
- Miss Kathy’s top recommendations to start your family read aloud list.
- The definition of “family literacy” —and much more!
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