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Husbands and Wives With Little Children: Read Aloud to Each Other

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jeffersonbookAs I am sure is the case with most parents who have young children, when once my wife and I have gotten our children down for the night and finished tidying up the house each evening, we are generally very tired, not just physically, but emotionally and mentally. So it was easy for us to justify “vegging out” in front of the TV for awhile before going to bed. We had gotten into the habit of this (and still, the habit is very hard to break. It’s an easy, downhill coast to the TV remote).

But we were talking about our children’s education the other night, and were reading a little tidbit out of a book called “A Thomas Jefferson Education.” This book suggests that parents who want a true education for their children must also educate themselves for the task, and they will educate themselves, at least in part, by reading the classics themselves. Yet this is a difficult challenge. Who has time or energy for it? Then we thought, “Well, we probably do. Nothing dictates that we simply must watch TV at night. Why don’t we just start in with some of these books by reading them aloud to each other, even if for only 15 or so minutes a day?”

We have not started a “classic” yet, as we were already reading another book on raising boys, but we’ve been very excited about the idea. So right now I am reading “Future Men,” by Douglas Wilson, aloud to my wife, and it is provoking some good discussion. And truth be told, we are not too tired to do it. The “vegging out” thing is not necessary.

Just thought I’d put this out there as an encouragement to other parents of young children (or husbands and wives of no children, as the case may be). It’s exciting to think about what we might still learn – and pass on to our children – and how our souls might still be enriched educationally, even at this post-schooling stage of our lives.



Written by Michael Duenes

May 22, 2015 at 4:49 am

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