Yes I admit, I have a twaddle problem. (Is it just me, or does that word sound like it should mean something less than wholesome?)
Until recently, I had no idea what twaddle was. But it would seem that my twaddle problem has been with me for my entire life. And now it is bleeding over into the lives of my children. Perhaps it is genetic. I have never liked documentaries. High brow literature either bored me or went over my head. And I was completely shocked when in the seventh grade I experienced live classical music during a field trip and fell madly in love with Mozart (but that may have been because of the movie "Amadeus" though I did manage to make it through an extremely dull biography). I had high hopes that my children would rise above me but they seem just as bored with the documentaries I've tried to gently force upon them. Part of me is thrilled when I don't have to sit through it of course!
I admit also that I'm so foolish that I'm not even sure I know how to spot twaddle. Perhaps I have the definition all wrong.
When investigating Charlotte Mason in hopes of not appearing completely stupid when I attend a friend's upcoming in-home Charolotte Mason seminar, I came across some lists of twaddle free literature for children. I was dismayed to see that we had barely read any of these books. How humiliating. I say this only slightly sarcastically. As I've said here before, I generally have the kids just run up and down the aisles at the library, grabbing whatever suits their fancy. While I like this approach and to a certain extent we will continue with it, I have to wonder if we might not be better off with more intentional selections.
I made a list and together with my sweet librarian friend, we picked some "non-twaddle" books off the shelves. I made the comment to her that I may get them home and say, "Well, what's so great about these books" and she agreed.
So far we have read a Curious George book, The Story of Ferdinand and The Snowy Day. There are a few on the list that we might have read at some point in the past. I really liked The Story of Ferdinand and The Snowy Day. I am excited to see what treasures are hidden in these others books we have borrowed from our library! Still not sure about trading in our low brow television shows in exchange for something a little more "edumacational" but time will tell I suppose!