One of my favorite things in the world is to soak up some rays while enjoying a good book. When I became a parent many, many moons ago I had to give up that leisurely activity because I had to become mom-lifeguard during water play because I trust no one but myself and my husband to watch my children when they are immersed in the ocean or any other kind of water.
Enter the audio books and my trusty Iphone.
It had never crossed my mind to listen to a book until David Allen’s Getting Things Done: The Art Of Stress-Free Productivity. But I listened that to that a few years back in my car right before I would take my nightly Mom-time at Target and it was on a set of discs.
But even busy moms thirst for knowledge, pop culture, and just simply fun books, but we just cannot carve enough time out to read them all.
But we can listen.
Currently I am absorbing Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture. It took me a half hour or so to get past the tears, because the book was written by a dying man for his children. (P.S. I hate cancer.) But, the gift of listening to his story, his life and the knowledge he so willingly shared to all of us while leaving a beautiful legacy to his children is priceless. There is so much information to absorb that I could listen three times or more and gain a bit of knowledge here or a new idea to use for teaching there.
Now, I can go to the beach, walk on my treadmill, or arrive at school a few minutes early while listening to some great novels and educational literature.
*Note. My youngest is 10 years old and has had swimming lessons. Young children need you in the water with them, not just watching. I am lucky enough to have my husband looking out along with me on our water trips. We take turns watching our little guy even though he is a bit older now and can swim. Now, with Audible Books I can still keep an eye on Little Guy even during my husband’s turn. We will always use the Mom and Dad buddy system to keep our little guy safe. Water safety is very serious.
Check out these tips for water safety from the American Red Cross.
Question: Do you have any books to read this summer? Would love some ideas!
We are going to have the most awesome summer ever moms!