Monday, July 27, 2015

Reasons to date a reader

I was amused by this Wordables post about why readers make the best lovers.

What about you?  Do you think those reasons are true?

I personally will probably never again date someone who doesn't read for pleasure, and it's not because it makes them better listeners or more likely to give me a back rub.

Monday, July 20, 2015

The issue of screen time

There's a lot of attention given to the subject of "screen time" in the world of child psychology and development.  Experts have generally recommended limiting screen time because of rising childhood obesity rates, but with much of what we do migrating to screens, I think that's going to have to change.

Think about it.  These days, a kid could be adding to "screen time" while reading a book.  Writing puts you in front of a screen.  As this NPR story points out, educational games, some of which provide genuine opportunities to learn about things kids could only read about in real life, utilize devices with screens in order to make it happen.  Even online classes -- which many homeschooling programs use -- contribute to screen time.

So when do we recognize that "screen time" isn't always something we should be limiting?