We Love the Library

Yesterday afternoon, we had some extra time on our hands so Caleb and I went into town to the library. Brookneal has a pretty amazing library for being a small town and we try to take advantage of it as often as we can. 


The Patrick Henry Memorial Library has everything that you need for a relaxing day of reading and toys. When you first walk in, there are aisles upon aisles of books but the ladies at the library always have books displayed on the tops of the kid’s shelves that go with the season.

We picked out a couple of Christmas themed books and found a place to sit. Caleb decided that we needed to read the Paddington book first and we really enjoyed it. After that, we started reading Santa Claustrophobia but it lost his interest pretty quickly so we put it back.

Another thing that I really appreciate about our hometown library, is the play room that they have set aside in the back. In this room, you find toys and toys and even more toys. Kids are allowed to just sit in there and play. Caleb always goes straight to the buckets (probably 8 or 9 at this point) of legos that sit on one of the shelves. We probably spent an hour just playing with the legos.

Anyways, spending the afternoon at the library brought me back to a thought that I revisit from time to time. How much attention are we paying to the development of our children’s minds? It is important that we start properly molding those minds as early as we can. We all want our children to be successful as they get older. We all want them to get a good education and a solid job. However, college is pretty stinking hard. What are some steps that we can be taking now, to mold those brains so that they are more prepared for their education when that day comes?

For Elisa and I, it starts with reading. She reads to the kids every single day. We have a great collection of books in the house that we have read through multiple times over. I wish that I could say that I have read them all to the kids but that is simply not true. Elisa does the majority of the reading in our house when it comes to our kids. However, I get that opportunity every once in a while to take the kids down to the library as well. Regardless, get your kids into books. The long term benefits are amazing.

Many people will overlook the value of educating their children and just hope they figure it out on their own. Many children will start their adult life terribly unprepared for what lies ahead of them. The start their adult life unprepared for handling finances and managing a budget. Don’t let your child be that person. Get a start on their adult education early. Does this mean that your kid can’t play video games and watch tv? Absolutely not but let’s keep it in moderation. A balanced life is always good. The more we read, especially at a younger age, the more prepared we will be and the more empowered we will feel.

Alright, now it’s your turn.

What are some ways that you keep the development of your children in the forefront of your life?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below and then share this post with your friends.

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  1. Hey Zach, I love this topic! One way that I keep it in the forefront of our house is to physically limit the number of screens/tvs. We have one television in our entire house, and that is on purpose. The computer sits out in a main area, and the kids screens are very limited. Everyone is allowed to use it, but time is limited simply by the fact that you have to share it. No one sees anything that can’t be viewed by others, and we are free to discuss whatever is going on in the shows. Truly, as a mom, I’ve been surprised what topics the writers or TV shows will try to slide in ‘under the radar’, if you aren’t paying close attention to the details. When it’s time for mom’s shows (pretty much just the news, lol), they find themselves much happier with a toy 🙂

    My other favorite thing for development, I stumbled upon. All our kiddos have ‘rest time’ just after lunch each day. For the littles, that means a nap, but for AK, it has turned into a time to herself to play in her room. Her imagination blossoms while she is in there, and you never know what you’ll find her doing at the end of her hour. She’s grown to love that time, and I love to see what she does with it. (P.S. She has no screens in her room.)

    Hope you guys are well, and I enjoy keeping up with you via your blog.


    1. I love this comment. Thank you for sharing. One area that we could probably (definitely) improve on is the amount of time we allow the children to have with the television.

      It’s a sad excuse but the tv becomes a pretty reliable baby-sitter at times. The boys get home from school and our evening quickly becomes consumed with their responsibilities. My own children often end up sitting in front of the television for a couple of hours in the evening.

      I like the idea you have of only viewing television in an area where everyone is able to see it. You are right about the things that get slipped into shows. My mother (she didn’t know about the questionable content) bought my kids a Scooby Doo DVD once that seemed harmless enough. However, one afternoon, we overheard the DVD playing in the living room and noticed that it was encouraging the kids watching to be more open to the Wiccan lifestyle as something they may want to consider.

      You really do have to be careful about what you allow your children to consume.


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