Homeschooling and Sibling Relationships


The homeschool literature that my parents read promised them that homeschooling would create perfect sibling relationships among us children, and make us all especially close and really good friends with each other---unlike those public school kids' distant relationships with their siblings, and rivalries rather than friendships, of course. I want to take a moment, then, to talk about sibling to sibling relationships in my family. This is kind of embarrassing, to be honest---I'm not going to c … [Read more...]

Forward Thinking: How Would You Design Our Social Safety Net?

social safety net

I’ts that time of the month again! Head on over to Camels with Hammers to see Dan’s roundup of the posts written in response to his prompt on the ethics of cruelty two weeks ago, and with that said, it’s time to turn to our next Forward Thinking prompt.This month I want to do something a little bit different. For this prompt, I want you to imagine that politics is no obstacle, and then explain how you would build our nation's social safety net if you could start from scratch. (To give you som … [Read more...]

Stop Saying Homeschoolers Are Brilliant!


Growing up, I read HSLDA's Home School Court Report and various other homeschool newsletters. I attended homechool conferences and listened to my parents praise the virtues of homeschooling to people they met. I came away believing that homeschooling in and of itself causes kids to excel academically---and that studies had proven this. I heard over and over again that homechoolers scored in the 80th percentile, and listened raptly to stories of homeschoolers getting into Harvard or starting … [Read more...]

That Time I Put Myself in a Timeout

tantrum girl

Sometime last year, shortly after Bobby was born, Sally had the worst temper tantrum she has ever had. Sean was working late and I had the kids. Bobby was fussy and I was trying to cook supper and I don't even remember what set Sally off. But she wasn't the only one who got mad---I got mad too. Really angry, and not just at her. My evening was not going as planned. Sally was lying on the ground, screaming and kicking things. So I chose a course of action and took it. I turned off the stove, … [Read more...]

Vision Forum’s Scott Brown Doesn’t Get Feminists

Scott Brown

I recently came upon a post called "The Most Pro-Woman Text in Scripture," by pastor and homeschool leader Scott Brown, who is on Vision Forum's board (for more on Vision Forum, see Rethinking Vision Forum). Last weekend, I was glad to participate in another wedding and to have the joy of giving a message. It was the wedding of Jordan Muela and Sarah Mendenhall in Indiana. As I was meditating on Ephesians 5:22-33 before the wedding, it struck me again that this passage is the most pro-female d … [Read more...]

Chocolate Cake Can’t Consent

chocolate cake

Note: After I wrote this post and slated it to go up today---I frequently write posts in advance and then schedule them---I noticed that Samantha of Defeating the Dragons had just posted an awesome look at it herself. Check it out. I recently came upon a Christian blogger explaining why she doesn't wear bikinis---using all the standard purity culture rhetoric of course---and this one paragraph really stuck out at me: Let’s try and put ourselves in a guy’s shoes. I think we can all agree that … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: The Proverbs 31 Woman Served Her Husband

Proverbs 31

Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 114-116 Proverbs 31 defines the virtuous woman. She is NOT a mousy, voiceless prude. She is confident, hardworking, creative, and resourceful. In this section, Debi examines Proverbs 31. For those who may not know, Proverbs 31 is a poem about a virtuous woman whose "price is far above rubies." Evangelicals are quick to hold the Proverbs 31 woman up as a model for women to emulate.Debi begins her discussion of the Proverbs 31 woman as follows: Her first … [Read more...]