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September 13, 2010

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I'm going to check this book out. I hadn't heard of it.

I'd like to be a little more mindful up front; I feel like I play a lot of catch-up on regrets of things I wish I'd done differently in the day.

This book may just dovetail nicely with another I just read, "Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously". The author talks about how easy it is to let a year slide by, doing the things you must but really just kind of holding back the slide of chaos. It was important to her to have an achievement to show for the year, something that didn't have to happen but that did, so she took on an epic sweater to knit.

I read the Tightwad Gazette books back in the day and remember thinking, I just never want to make all food from scratch in the cheapest manner possible. I like nice food. There is more to life than saving $1 by making my own Bisquick.

Thanks for reminding me to "take what works for you and your family and ignore the rest", another invaluable Womanly Art of BF quote ;-) I do like her emphasis/strategies on using your leisure time in a way you will actually appreciate in the long-run.

My theory on the veracity of her "data" asserting that full-time moms only spend a bit time more with children each day than working moms is that whenever any task other than playing with/directly caring for a child is being performed, that task is what is registered, completely omitting the fact that the child is participating in or talking and interacting with mom during the task!

For example, if I am baking muffins, I can bake them late at night when everyone is asleep (ha! ha! that time can definitely used for lace-making or such less toddler-friendly activities) or at 2pm with my toddler and 4 year old "helping" me and doubling as a snack for the ravenous hoardes about to hit the door after a long day of school...

It is a great learning and bonding activity to make the muffins at 2pm because we chat and talk about measurements and practice cracking eggs and sniff fresh vanilla, but on Laura's chart it would show "baking" and not the MAJOR interaction with my 2 children that happens during...thus she would not count time cleaning bathrooms (with a baby in a sling) or folding socks (matching colors with a preschooler) as interacting with children! I guess only playground and lego time counts, which I probably would only spend about 30 minutes most days doing....

Also, I don't think she can even comprehend nursing toddlers...mine is getting eyeteeth right now and she has been glued to my side/breast for about 4 solid hours this morning (including now while I am typing), which would be counted as "computer time" rather than nurturing my Tessa...

needless to say, very little else is getting done today, and I happily don't care, in part becauase I have a lasagna stashed in the freezer for just such an occation, but I will probably be up a bit later than usual drafting a will...

C'est la vie (good call on the subscription)!

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