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Monday, October 18, 2010

30 Days to a Kinder Mom

Step one: turn off the computer.

It's so easy to be sucked in by that glowing screen. And those millions of little links to information right at your fingertips.

There's always the desire for more input.

Want to buy a new printer? Look it up. Online.

Want to pay a lower price for something? Find a cheaper source. Online.

Want to "remember" who the guy was who played the gunsel in the Maltese Falcon, but the brain cells holding that info perished long ago? Look it up. Online.

And how old was Bogart when he died? You're already online, why not look it up?

And while you're at it, check to make sure there isn't another free source you could add to your study on Columbus' voyage to the new world that doesn't state that everybody but Columbus thought the world was flat.

It's funny how the information highway gives us access to so much information, so quickly, yet I still spend so much of my time collecting that info...and it ultimately doesn't improve my quality of life or make me a better teacher.

It certainly doesn't make me more sensitive to my children's needs or more cognizant of my own.

It doesn't even make me more productive.

I'm having a love-hate relationship with my computer right now. I really really really just want to turn it off. Ignore the email. Not surf the forums.

But I do have responsibilities outside of my own family that do require me to not sever my link to the world wide web. I also have a pile of reviews that need to be written.

So, this is what I'm going to: Clear the decks. I have a bunch of books and product reviews coming up over the next couple of weeks, stuff that was just sent to me or I asked to review, whatever. I'm going to get them done pronto.

Once those are done, I'll continue to review for the TOS Homeschool Crew. I may even do an occasional review beyond that if it's something that really speaks to me...but you are going to see a massive reduction in review and giveaway posts. It'll just be me. I hope you don't mind:-) This has been getting to feel too much like a job.

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