Comparing Your TV to Your Library

(And Why Size Matters)


My father sent this to me. I think you’ll appreciate it.

You can use most any measure
When you’re speaking of ‘Success’.
You can measure it in fancy home,
Expensive car or dress.
But….the measure of your REAL success
Is the one you can not spend.
It’s the way your kids describe YOU
When they’re speaking to a friend!

– Martin Buxbaum

Now you might be thinking, “Why is she blogging about this? Isn’t this the READING woman?”

Don’t worry; you’re not losing your mind. I am the reading woman. But this IS about READING! Let me explain.

You’re probably trying your best to be a good parent, right? Think for a moment about all the time, energy, and money you put into your children. You send them to the best schools, help them with their homework, buy them the cutest Sunday clothes, work hard to save for their college education, take them to the best doctors, plan special birthday parties, drive them to baseball practice, and make their favorite dinner.

That’s all fine, but make no mistake about it; the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do for your children is NONE of those things. The most important thing you can do for your children has nothing to do with their education, entertainment, athletic endeavors, or even their physical health. The most important thing YOU can do for your children is to be an EXAMPLE.

There are 3 keys to parenting…

  1. Example
  2. Example
  3. Example

How YOU live trumps everything else in terms of influence on your children.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Who you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear a word you’re saying.” That’s parenting 101 in a nutshell.

Whatever you want your children to achieve in their life, you first have to achieve yourself.

If your child isn’t reading, maybe it’s because they don’t see you read enough. If your child doesn’t talk to you about what they’re reading, maybe it’s because you don’t share passages from your book at the dinner table.

When it comes to your child’s reading, there’s nothing better for them than to be raised in a home surrounded by books.

Today it’s more likely that you have a widescreen TV than a vast library. But I think you can tell a lot about a family by the size of their TV versus the size of their library. Build your library. Read! Turn off the TV (and the computer/cell phone).

(BTW, we don’t have a TV in our home. We got rid of it long ago. We replaced it with books…lots of books.)

What’s your family culture? What does your TV and your library say to your children about the value of reading? How often do you children see you with a book?

If your children don’t see you read, they won’t value reading. Be a good parent. Read!

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