May 24, 2017

Does Your Kid Hate School?

As a kid, there were times I loathed school. I gave all kinds of explanations for not liking it: “The teacher’s mean.” “The test is stupid.” “The school bus smells.”

But I had no idea my complaints were simply symptoms of an educational blunder
that has gone on for centuries.

When people are no longer capable of starting and carrying on interesting and lively conversations, they become dependent on outside influences to give them something to talk about – movies, video games, newspaper headlines, the weather, accidents, etc. Perhaps this is why shallow gossip so readily abounds.

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Why I Taught Four-Letter Words to My Children

“I know a lot of words,” she explained. “Would you like to hear about some others?” She listed several more four-letter words and offered to give the etymology of each one.

I didn’t explain that Dorothy Jr.’s erudition was part of an experiment of mine to see whether knowledge of taboo words could erase their black magic. If my kids learned the story of individual “foul” words, would they seem so foul when it came time to use them?

It’s not that I wanted potty-mouthed offspring. On the contrary, I wanted my kids to rise above foulness. Rather than be shocked or victimized by the crude language the permeates our culture, I wanted them to become connoisseurs of language.

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Guest Blog: Raising Boys to Become Super Heroes

This is our final installment of blogs on the subject: Raising Boys! Join the converstation with our earlier blogs.

How do you expect them to go out into the world and get good paying jobs when they “faked” their way through the days of their childhood “job” as a student? Start now, make them do the homework, help them understand, and let them take PRIDE in doing it THEMSELVES.

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The Super Power to Take On a Bully Without Becoming One

This is a painful subject for a mother to talk about; No one wants to admit it is his or her child who has done some bullying and that some of their tendency to bully has come from you.

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