16 Days and Couting

Our son was born 16 days ago, on August 6. That in itself certainly deserves another blog entry, which I will start working on once I get a few more hours of sleep. But I just wanted to mention another achievement I’m also very proud of: we haven’t turned on our TV in 16 days. Granted, the first 2 we were in the hospital, but we did have a TV in our room for some reason, which remained turned off. And we’ve been back home for 14 days and haven’t felt the need to “tune in”. The only thing I actually miss once in a while is the news, but we have been listening to them on the radio instead, which is probably a much better use of our family time. And despite what you could think, there would be time for me to watch TV: I spend most of my day tethered to the couch with a baby latched onto my nipple, so I could be watching inane shows at the same time. But I’m not. Instead I read, or I admire that little squirmy human being we created. And I’m probably happier this way.

Above All, Be Kind

Ever since we’ve know we were going to have a baby, Zakary and I have been questioning ourselves about the values we wanted to pass onto our child and about the changes we would have to make in our lives in order to do that. It has been a hard path to follow already, and it hasn’t even really started yet. But as hard as it can be, in this world of consumerism, advertisement and disposable crap, to find good resources on how to live a more healthy life and offer our children the same, I found one book that deserves a special mention.

It is called Above All, Be Kind; Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times (Zoe Weil, New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, 2003). The author, who specializes in humane education, gives tips on how to instill reverence, respect and responsibility in your children. She doesn’t give specific solutions (although she does suggest an array of books and Internet resources that can do that), but she gives tools to help parents assess their everyday decisions and adjust their own behaviour in order to become a good role model for their children.

The book focuses a lot on environmental issues and on how exposing children to nature is the straightest path to making them good citizens of the world. Therefore, I believe it deserves a special place on the nightstand of anyone who wants to remain wild in the city…