Friday, June 29, 2007

Are You an Autodidact?

"What?" you say. That was about what I thought when I saw Mental Multivitamin's tagline: Established in 2003 for thinkers, readers and autodidacts. I'm sure I had it sort of figured out, but I went to the dictionary:


a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person.

So, what is it that you have learned on your own? A craft or hobby? Maybe just information about a specific or general topic, from a book or documentary? Courtesy of your children, you may know all about the latest boy-band or that little engines have names and personalities.

What about parenting? Most of us read books or watch experts on TV at some or another. I think that's one great benefit of blogging--the ability to learn from one another's practical experience.

Here are a few links I've been wanting to share, the first of which inspried me to write this post which had been rattling around in my head. The others deal with reading.

Ann Kroeker wrote about keeping up our mental fitness and provided some cool links.

Thanks to Sherry at Semicolon for pointing me to the B&N Summer Reading Challenge (among others-- click over to read all her links). After reading eight books, your elementary school aged-child can receive a free book at the B&N store.

Here is a signature post from Jen Robinson's Book Page called Read the Books that Your Children Read. Check it out if you need another reason to join the Read Together Mission, or encouragement to read books that interest your kids in general.

Karlene at Inksplasher wrote a great post about why she reads and watches what her teens are reading and watching. This is the exact reason that I hope to foster that kind of communication with Amanda now.

Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story reviewed a non-fiction book that she read before her teen daughter in order to open up the lines of communication about a "certain topic."

But what about you? What have you learned lately?


Noodle said...

Well, it wasn't recently, but I taught myself soapmaking. I learned specifically so I could give cute little soaps to Sunday School and Awana teachers and my co-workers, but now I really do it just because I like it. :)

Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

I've taught myself the art of breadmaking. I have always loved to cook, but hated to bake.

I dove in, and tried out many new recipes. Now I have folks tell me I should sell my creations at the market.

I think you can teach yourself just about anything. Right now I want to learn how to cut my kids hair (nicely)...

Katrina said...

I've taught myself HTML (what little I know), writing for publication, baking, etc. I've attempted to teach myself knitting but have failed miserably. Because I'm such an information-junkie, I dive into research about anything that interests me.

Thanks for the links -- off to check them out.

Susanne said...

I don't know if I "taught myself" but I've learned way more about computer and html stuff since starting to blog.

These are great links. I off to check out the one on teens (of course). :v)

Cmommy said...

Thanks for the links!

Self-taught....hhmm, I need to think about that question!

Scratchin' the Surface said...

I remind myself sometimes that the great thinkers of 200 years ago werer all self-taught, or home taught, vs. university. Great post.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

Aren't all of us mommy bloggers autodidacts? I certainly had no formal training or a teacher - I just figured it out as I went (and as I go...)