Yesterday, I finally took sometime to relax.  Our family has had quite a bit going on lately, which includes potty training an almost two year old and my husband being busy with work and doing the thing men do when they feel slightly under the weather.  I was beginning to feel overworked and I could tell I was about to become that mom I would regret later.  That mom who yells at her kid for not guessing which decision was right at that particular moment in time.  So, I looked for an escape.

Where can you really escape when you have four little hooligans running about and you’re the one responsible for their well being.  I READ all day yesterday!  That was my escape.  I literally got to read seven chapters in a few different books and it was amazing.  I read and read and read.  I didn’t just read to myself though, my kids brought me books and I read to them as well.  It was amazing!

It was just the refreshing reset I needed.  One of my books was nonfiction, it is what I call my learning books.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized my love for learning and value books that have something to offer.  I have found I have a true interest in everything to do with World War II, but more specifically the Holocaust.  I’m reading books that could be classified as self-help genres, and I find out just a little bit more about myself everyday.  I also, love learning more about religion.  I’ve been delving into all things Catholic for awhile, but also plan to research other religions as well.  Ultimately, I’ve learned there is so much information out there that interests me and what a fool it would be to miss out.

After realizing how great it was too learn, I also knew I wanted to foster this my children as well.  I didn’t have this love growing up in grade school, high school, or even college and I know now this is part of my job as a parent.  So, I began taking the kids to the library, and I began reading more, probably double, than what I read before.  I have been making sure they are seeing me read too.  Then, I found Usborne Books & More.  I fell in love instantly with these books and how they promote learning through interactive discovery and play.  I picked up a catalog and couldn’t decide how to pick just $200 worth of books, so now I sell them.  I make absolutely no income because I don’t want to.  Don’t get me wrong, there are LOTS of ways (even besides just typical home parties) to make money with this company, but I love my discount!  I love discovering a new book that could interest a kiddo of mine.  We’ve been learning about bees, about astronauts, about nature, about how things work, about camouflage, and much much more.  My children are only three and four and I can finally see their love of learning.

This leads me to my final point, and if you know me at all you probably knew I’d go here.  This love of reading and learning through real books has also encouraged my home educating dreams.  You can read about those here, here, and here.  I’ve been reading up on Charlotte Mason and her simplified way of educating children.  I wish I would have learned her teachings along with some other methods I’ve found, while in school to become a teacher.  If you haven’t read her work, look her up.  Even if you don’t have a desire to homeschool your children.  It is still very worth the read.  Her method is easy to do alongside typical schooling.  We’ve been doing it these past few weeks and I love it.

Now, I’m going to go get some work done around my house and wear out my kids through play so I can get everyone napping simultaneously and sneak in a few more chapters!  I LOVE BOOKS!

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