Keeping Up With The World Around You

Being a Stay At Home Mom, it's easy to get so engrossed and focused on your own little private world, your family and home, that you lose track of what is going on outside your walls. It seems that there aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish all you need to get done and somehow reading the newspaper or a news program just falls by the wayside.

Don't let this happen! Your children and home are important, true. They're the most important thing in the world to you, naturally. But don't lose sight of this: They aren't the only things in the world. There is a whole great big world out there and plenty going on it, every day. A lot of it is important, very important. So important, in fact, that you need to know about it.

There are many reasons to keep yourself well informed about current events. For one thing, what happens today will be history tomorrow. Someday, when you're sitting around with a group of friends or family and the conversation turns to a world event that happened while you weren't paying attention---what are you going to say? What will you be able to contribute to that conversation, when you don't have a clue what everybody else is talking about because you watched the Backyardigans instead of the Today Show every morning? Besides that, what happens in the world around you might very well have a direct effect on what happens to you and your family at some point. Maybe there is a bill in front of Congress that will pertain to college scholarships around the time your kids will be ready to go, and this bill, if passed, would make it harder on them to attend the college of their choice. Shouldn't you know about this? Might this be something you'd want to write your congressman about?

Then, too, your children need to be kept informed of world events. If you don't stay abreast of current news, they won't either. They might be too young to comprehend a lot of the news, or to understand the workings of politics, but you should make it a point to educate them as much as possible about these and other things in the news. Why? Because we're all citizens of this planet. We are, in a manner of speaking, out brother's keeper, and they need to learn and understand that at an early age. What hurts one of us hurts all of us, and vice versa. What is good for one of us is good for all of us. If a British scientist is on the brink of a cure for cancer, will it only affect the people who live in England? Of course not. It will benefit all mankind. Your neighbor, your Sunday school teacher, a stranger on the other side of the world....and you....and your children.

Keeping yourself up-to-date on what is happening, good or bad, around the world is extremely important. You'll not only be better informed yourself, but you can help your children develop an interest in current events and the world we all inhabit. Plus, you'll be a more well-rounded, interesting person. Someone who will be able to hold her own in an adult conversation when the talk turns to what's in the news. The Backyardigans are adorable, but it's unlikely they'll be a topic at the dinner table when you go out to eat with friends. So, turn that television to a news channel at least once a day, long enough to stay in touch. Subscribe to a newspaper or read one online. But keep up with world events! You live here, too!