It’s Not All Mary Poppins

A Man After my own Heart

Colin Bevin talks about how he entertains his two-year-old without television. (People put their two-year-old in front of the television? Where do they find the time?)

Isn’t it a lovely post?

August 2, 2007 - Posted by | controversy, parenting, socializing


  1. What a wonderful way to spend time with your child while teaching valuable lessons and making a difference!! Thanks for sharing this one – gonna have to incorporate some of their ways into our own routine…

    Comment by Mama's Moon | August 2, 2007 | Reply

  2. How wonderful!

    Comment by LoryKC | August 2, 2007 | Reply

  3. So true. This type of thing is one of the reasons I love camping with my son.

    Comment by McSwain | August 2, 2007 | Reply

  4. Mary, thanks for that link! I hadn’t heard of that blog (or the project) but will have to read about it from time to time. It sounds very interesting.

    Comment by BookMama | August 2, 2007 | Reply

  5. I am completely impressed with Colin and his family. In every way possible, they have taken themselves out of the consumer loop, treading as lightly as they can on the planet.

    He’s said over and over that it’s a year-long experiment. He’s not planning to live this way forever, but I’m sure many of the things he’s learned this year will become part of the way they live from now on. (I’m equally sure he’s quite looking forward to having the electricity back!)

    We take so much for granted in our wealthy countries. We assume so many of our “wants” are in fact “needs”. Following Colin’s journey has been a great tool for evaluating my own life and choices.

    If everyone in North America did a mere 5% of the No Impact experiment, think of the impact we could have on the whole globe!

    Comment by MaryP | August 3, 2007 | Reply

  6. Great post and great link. I hadn’t heard of Colin before but I think I’ll be checking in from now on.

    I am constantly amazed by the amount of tv that people allow their children to watch. I admit, I love my shows but I also love bike rides and reading books and so many other things that I want to teach Jeffrey that aren’t on a screen.

    Comment by Dani | August 3, 2007 | Reply

  7. That’s what I meant when I asked where they found the time. The question was designed to poke fun at those who can’t imagine living without it, true, but it’s also sincere. I very rarely watch television, not because of any moral high ground or high-falutin’ principles, but because I simply don’t have time. (Basically, I watch it when I’m not quite sick enough to sleep all day, but too ill to do much of anything else.)

    Comment by MaryP | August 3, 2007 | Reply

  8. Dumpling had just settled down to watch boomerang and me at the pc, turned it all off when I read that post and went to the park! Good post, made me move! x

    Comment by jenny uk | August 4, 2007 | Reply

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