CTBHHM: Daycare Is Adopting Your Kid Out

Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 184---185We are still in Debi's chapter on loving one's children. Last week we got to the first part of the chapter that actually contained some actually good advice. This had to do with the importance of a mother working one on one with her children, and teaching them little things all through the day---what goes in soup, how to sound words out, and how to fold laundry. I really did like that Debi said a mother should work directly with an individual child … [Read more...]

And Bobby Wore Heels

I was getting ready to check out at the second-hand children's clothing shop when I realized I had a problem. When we had first arrived at the store Bobby had brought me a pair of white heeled girls' dress shoes just his size and had asked me to put them on him (he doesn't really have words yet, but that doesn't mean he can't communicate!). So I had, and he'd been running around in them with smiling from ear to ear ever since. And now that it was time to go, well, now he wouldn't let me take … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Traditions Anyone?

Thanksgiving is upon us, so I thought I would open a thread for swapping Thanksgiving traditions! Since Sean and I generally take the kids to relatives' homes for Thanksgiving we haven't really developed any traditions specific to us, but I have good memories of quite a number of Thanksgiving traditions from my childhood. I'll highlight two of these traditions to get us started.First, my mother would put two kernels of corn on each plate before the meal began. We would all sit down and look … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Michael Doesn’t Understand Jesus

A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 89---98We just finished up the section on Mr. Visionary. Today we get to start learning about Mr. Steady. I'm curious about this chapter, because Michael claims he is Visionary and Command, so it will be interesting to see his take on men that aren't like him. [Readers will remember that Michael has likened Mr. Visionary to the Holy Spirit, Mr. Steady to Jesus, and Mr. Command Man to God the … [Read more...]

Sally and the Enchanting Santas

Standing there at the doors of the grocery store, I was annoyed. I was trying to hurry to get through this shopping trip because I was tired and wanted to get home, and Sally was holding things up. Bobby was seated in the cart, full of bags of groceries ready to be put in the car, but Sally was missing. Not missing missing, I knew where she was---she'd fallen behind as we walked from the checkout to the door, such that when I made it to the door she wasn't with me."Sally!" I called back into … [Read more...]

On the Conflation of “Secular” and “Atheist”

Some weeks ago I reposted an article by Sarah Jones. In it, Sarah explained why she is not a "secular activist." A significant number of commenters objected, arguing that Sarah was conflating the words "secular" and "atheist," and that the two words were fundamentally different. They argued that secularism was synonymous with the separation of church and state, that it was a sort of middle ground where religion and non-religion were on an equal footing, and that it was the belief that no one has … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Pulling a Child’s Strings

To Train Up A Child, chapter 4 part 3 For the past two weeks, I've covered Michael's chapter on "tying strings." Today I will finish that chapter. In many ways, this chapter is completely at odds with the rest of the book. In fact, it is for that reason that it is quoted by Michael Pearl's defenders as proof that his methods properly applied could never have led to the three deaths credited to them. But some readers commenting on the last two posts on this chapter have pointed out some ways … [Read more...]