What about Sex Ed for Younger Children?


Yesterday I posted a roundup of advice on sex for teenagers, and ideas about how to help teenagers learn about and navigate their sexuality. But as a number of readers pointed out, sex education starts long before the teen years.One reader, AfricaTurtle, posted a comment: I posted a question elsewhere just this week concerning sexuality and younger children (my oldest is 7). Do you have any practical advice/links in this category? I feel really lost because we are always told that this is a … [Read more...]

Let Them Play Sports!


I am angry. And this is confusing, because I am not usually angry, or at least, not used to being angry at the people I'm angry at and defensive of the people I'm feeling defensive of. It's this. The Virginia Senate Education Committee has narrowly rejected a bill that would allow home-schooled students to play sports at public schools. ... When one home-school advocate complained about not having access to public school sports paid for by his taxes, Sen. Richard Saslaw retorted, "You pay tax … [Read more...]

Who Wants to Talk about Downton Abbey?


I don't usually do this, but the season 3 finale of Downton Abbey came out last night and everyone seems to be talking about it right now. It's a fascinating show from a historical standpoint, but there's also a lot there to analyze from a gender or class standpoint. There's also a good deal to think about from a religious standpoint (especially Sybil's take on religion and the conflict over whether Tom and Sybil's daughter should be Anglican or Catholic). Since it's one of my favorite shows, … [Read more...]

Forward Thinking: Talking to Teenagers about Sex


I spend more time talking about how the purity culture “does it wrong” than about what it looks like to be doing it right. I want to change that.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 would you tell teenagers about sex?"Not only were there a large number of bl … [Read more...]

Homeschool Reflection: Watching My Friends


A Guest Post by Christine My homeschool experience is all at one remove. Several friends were homeschooled, as were some of the girls I worked with in Girl Guides. I have nothing against the idea in general, especially not for the younger grades. I know a lot of people who thrived academically through being homeschooled. I have two worries in general: academically I'm not sure that it's good for special cases, and the socialization aspect will often be an issue.I had a couple of girls in my … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life


I told Sean earlier that I think today pretty much sums up our lives. Marriage and parenting are things that are beautiful and enriching when you zoom out and take a long view, but will naturally have bumps and turbulence along the way. Just like life. And in many ways, today was a picture of that.We had been planning for a while to go to a children's museum in a city about an hour away, and so had decided that today would be the day it would make it happen. Still, we treasure our lazy S … [Read more...]

What Blogs Do You Read?


Like essentially every other blogger, I follow a lot of blogs. Reading other blogs is where I get my news, find interesting things to think about, and gain a sense of community. Every so often I come upon a blog I’d never seen before that’s just so awesome I immediately wonder how I could have not known it was out there. So I want to take a moment to talk about some of the main blogs I follow (this list is not comprehensive by any means!) and ask for suggestions in turn.First of all is No Lon … [Read more...]