Thursday, October 2, 2008
This American Life
So I have blogged about This American Life before. If you don't listen to it...you should.
It is a weekly radio show, produced by Chicago Public Radio. You can get it via podcast, and the new episodes are released every Sunday night. We like to listen to podcasts before going to bed. Yep, we are wild.
This week's episode was about "going big", and they featured a story about a man named Geoffry Canada, who has started a program in Harlem, which among its other facets, includes a "Baby College" for parents who wouldn't otherwise have access to parenting education, a chance to become better parents. I was inspired by this story. I think there is no other job more important than parenting. And I firmly believe that our nation's problems will be solved in the home.
I loved this story because of what this program is doing, but also because I happen to agree with their parenting philosophy...let kids be kids...let them explore their world...think about what they need instead of constantly trying to bend them to your will...interact with your baby...talk to your baby...let them sleep when they are tired, eat when they are hungry etc, speak kindly to them (OK I am not sure if they said all of those things...a few may just be mine, but its the jist). It sounds pretty simple, and that's the thing...it is.
Simple but so important. The development that happens in a baby's mind before they are 3 years old, will shape the way they function in the world for the rest of their lives. Important.
Anyway, you should just listen to the podcast. Listen while you are folding laundry or doing dishes. It's so interesting. It makes me want to go volunteer.
Also, this week they are doing another show about the economy. You'll want to tune in to that also.
This American Life Website here