Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Welcome Distraction

I've discovered the blessings of podcasting, ya'll! I've been so stressed lately, mostly because of my fussy baby. {Both I and he are working on this.} I needed a pleasant distraction to take my mind off of his sleep issues, so I figured I'd snoop around for a podcast. My first one was from Grace Talk. I listened to the 12 Habits of a Wise Woman {2/21/08}. It only covers the first three habits, with a promise of more to come. I see there are follow-up podcasts scheduled for the rest of the habits. I am also looking forward to downloading this Thursday's episode titled "Overcoming Bitterness & Judgmental Thoughts".

The second podcast I downloaded was from Natural Moms. You crunchy mamas will love these podcasts! I listened to this one. Fascinating stuff! I mean, *super* interesting. It is about how best to assimilate our children into the urban culture. Don't let the technical sounding title scare you off. Two of the points that stick out in my mind are that 1) when we see other people parenting, it helps us to be better parents. If we see other women breastfeeding or even see a dad wearing a baby sling, it makes us more likely to do those things ourselves and 2) being around children makes us better people. We use better language, act better, use better manners, etc. Isn't that true? She mentions that there was a study where they brought babies & toddlers into schools and showed the effect that it had on the older children in that it lessened bullying. Really neat! It took my mind off of my long walk in the light drizzle. {Exercising = YUK.} I wish I loved exercising in the way I love cooking & baking. Maybe then everything would balance itself out. The podcast served as a welcome distraction and actually made my walk enjoyable.

For lots of different mom related podcasts, visit Moms Talk Radio. So many goodies here! Even though my kids to go to public school, this episode appealed to me & I can't wait to listen to it {on my next walk of course}. And I'm guessing it won't be long before I listen to a podcast from The Household Helper Talk Show. It's weird in a way, listening to these radio talk shows, especially considering the prolific TV watching in our society. Kinda makes you feel like a renaissance woman.

Do you podcast? Do you know how? Let me know if there are any other great "shows" out there or if you have any questions!

8 comments:

Stephanie said...

I'm apparently in the dark ages, but I have NO clue what podcasting is. I'm assuming from the way you are talking, (about how you listened to them while you were taking your walk) that you have to have an MP3 player or some sort of electronic device that I don't own...

Erin said...

Hmmm...well I don't podcast...but only because of lack of time.

In regards to your writing "If we see other women breastfeeding or even see a dad wearing a baby sling, it makes us more likely to do those things ourselves"

I often think that I am enabling my children to make healthier choices(in my opinion) for their mothering. Because my mom breastfed, cloth diapered and baby wore, transitioning to those things in my life wasn't difficult.

My kids know what it looks like to wash diapers, strap a baby to your belly and make dinner, and well...whip out the chesticles and breastfeed!!! AND although I WILL NOT look down on them if they choose a different path, I will at least know that I am experienced enough to help if they desire to do those things and have questions.

KWIM?

Saralyn said...

Grace Talk sound like something I'd like to check out. Nancy Leigh DeMoss has some great podcasts at Revive our Hearts, too.

The stuff from Natural Moms reminds me again how influenced we are by those around us--both good and bad. "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm," Proverbs 13:20. I love being able to download stuff on almost any subject but it sure is a challenge to make sure I'm getting teaching that squares with Scripture. Jesus said, "everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher," Luke 6:40. Who I am has a lot to do with who I listen to.

Rebecca said...

Steph: I think the term podcasting comes from radio broadcasting, except it was termed for an iPOD. Yep. You don't need an actual iPOD, but you do need an "electronic device", LOL! You are too funny. They are so cheap these days,. I think the one I'm using cost about $20. If I enjoy it enough, I may upgrade to a better one. :>)

Erin: It's so funny that you mentioned bfding because the show's host actually said that her young son thinks it is just so normal that he's been telling her that when he grows up & gets married, his wives are going to have to bfeed their children. I thought that was really cute.

Saralyn: Is there something about the Natural Moms site that I should know about or that stands out to you? You can email me privately at chefgirl96 {at} yahoo {dot} com. I *completely* understand about the Proverbs verse & walking with the wise/foolish, which was one of my key verses in deciding to homeschool. I guess I didn't notice any "bent" in a particular direction in the show I listened too.....

Twisted Logic said...

Your profile is beautifully done..

Saralyn said...

No, I didn't mean to say that there was anything wrong with the Natural Mom's site at all! I was/am one of those crazy natural birth, breastfeeding past a year, cloth diapering, health food wierdos myself! It just reminded me once again that we don't develop our ideas in a bubble and that both good things and bad things rub off on us.

Sorry to cause alarm!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for clearing that up for me, LOL! Just wanted you to know that I was willing to listen to arebuke from you if that is what you were doing ;>) Ha, ha! What you just said is one of the points that was made on the show: that you become more comfortable attempting to do something when you are around others that enjoy doing that something!

Anonymous said...

Erin is a dork