You Might Be a Homeschooler If . . .


This video is hilarious.I got to the following point before burst out laughing: "You might be a homeschooler if you judge the length of car rides by how many episodes of Adventures in Odyssey it's going to take to get there." Until this moment, I thought was just my family. I am duly corrected! Here are some more that I could definitely relate to: "If you ever did two days of school in one so your family could leave on vacation.""If the first an only R rated movie you ever saw was … [Read more...]

Homeschooling and the Parent-Child Socialization Divide


Lana over at Wide Open Ground has been hitting it out of the park lately with her posts on homeschooling. The most recent two, one by her and one a guest post, both bowled me over, because they put words to things I have long felt but never fully articulated.In the first, Lana explains that, no matter how hard they might try, first generation homeschool parents can't actually know what it's like to be a homeschooled kid. Here is how she explains that: I am so often amazed at the … [Read more...]

When “I’m Sorry” Means “Please Don’t Hit Me”


Yesterday I finally brought a Christmas mug I was given a couple months ago home from the office. Sally was playing with it in the car, and when I opened the car door it fell out onto the pavement and broke."Oh, I'm sorry, mommy!"Sally was heartfelt and genuine, and that took me aback, because I realized something in that moment. I realized something that hit me in the gut.When I was a child, "I'm sorry" meant "please don't hit me."Reeling from this realization, I queried Sally about … [Read more...]

Your Children Are Not Programmable Robots!


It's not often I come upon an article that just makes me want to tear out my hair. Actually, that's not true. I come upon articles that make me want to tear out my hair all the time. But for some reason, this one felt different. In this article, the author, a Christian pastor, wrote about all the dreams he has for his toddler son, and about how he realized that, because the Bible says that if you are a Christian the world will hate you, he has to raise his son not to be loved or admired, but to … [Read more...]

Judaism 101: Creation Stories

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How do Jews today understand the dual creation stories in the first and second chapters of Genesis, and how have they understood these stories in the past? What significance do these stories hold? How do Jewish understandings compare to Christian understandings like young earth creationism or theistic evolution? Welcome to the first post in Judaism 101! This series involves ten Jewish readers of my blog answering questions about Judaism in a panel format. (I introduced this project and … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson’s Race Problem


Abortion is at least as great an evil for black culture as slavery was. And with that line, Doug Wilson strikes again.There are all sorts of parallels drawn between slavery and abortion in the so-called pro-life movement, some implicit and some explicit. I've heard pro-life speakers call for a second civil war, in fact, in order to "rid the country of the evil of abortion." The problem, though, is that Wilson isn't just saying that abortion is at least a great an evil for black people as s … [Read more...]

Forward Thinking: What We Owe Our Parents

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Forward Thinking is a values development project created in collaboration with Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers. Dan is introducing our next prompt today (head on over to see it!), but in this post I will pull together some of the responses to this month’s prompt: “What do we owe our parents?” A total of five bloggers wrote posts in response.I want to start with this succinct summary by B. of Celebration of Gaia: We owe our parents everything. Without them, we would not exist. We wouldn’t b … [Read more...]