Boys with sticks

boy with sword 2

Several years ago, a nice family came over our house. It was partly for a social call, and partly to see if our family would do well as a daycare for their two kids when the mom went back to work. The girl was about four, and the boy was about six.As we adults chatted, the kids explored the house. At the far end of the living room were the toys, including a tidy bucket full of weapons belonging to our sons and daughters. There were bows and arrows, swords of all kinds, scimitars, light sab … [Read more...]

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Abortion Is a Men’s Issue

boy and salamander

In great men, two traits go together: strength and control. Power, and the knowledge of how to use that power, and when, and why.There's no merit in producing testosterone; but there is great merit, for the whole world, when men learn how to use it, and when they learn how to be in control of it, rather than letting it control them. Great men know when to hold their strength in check, and how to use it for the right things. Great men use their strength to protect.Read the rest at the Re … [Read more...]

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I’m so proud/horrified (#13 is my favorite)

how to poop

The other day, this appeared on the bathroom door:  It was written by my 12-year-old son, who is both very twelve, and very much my son.Can't quite make it out? You can either walk away in blissful ignorance, or you can read on, and prepare yourself for the next generation of Fishers. Here is what it says:  RULES FOR POOPING IN A STAIN-FREE MANNER1. Open bathroom door and (using feet) walk in.2. Close and lock bathroom door.3. Walk to sink, … [Read more...]

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The boy has an aha moment.

aha the band get it get it

PIC Aha band "Not this kind, fortunately. Never this kind."Says the boy: My tooth is almost out. Can I just have my tooth fairy money now so I can buy this thing? Me: Nope. Sorry. Boy: Okay. I guess I better haul some more rocks so I can earn the money, because I really want it. Me: Good idea. [Me on the inside: HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]Now to spread the word to everyone who owns a credit card . . . … [Read more...]

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A boy is a boy is a boy. . .

Onfim-the-warrior

. . . and always has been.Here's an endearing story about some centuries-old notes, doodles, and other documents from Russia.Almost a thousand of the perfectly preserved documents, scratched on the bark of birch trees, have been recovered from the deep layers of Novgorod’s anaerobic clay soil over the past century... The birch-bark documents date from the 11th to 15th centuries and include tax returns, school exercises, wills, IOUs, marriage proposals, prayers, spells and curses ... The m … [Read more...]

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Another quick book recommendation

Since my son left his math book at the dentist's office, pretty much all we've done in home school is a little spelling, a craft or two (you can pretend I didn't say that if it makes you feel inadequate.  You wouldn't feel inadequate if you saw our crafts, though), and read The Odyssey retold for children by Geraldine McCaughrean.Sometimes I read, and sometimes the kids read aloud.  Kids who read silently far above grade level often don't know how to read aloud, so this is a good exercise; a … [Read more...]

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Guest Post: Kristen Herrett on “Raising Daddies”

Kristen Herrett of St. Monica's Bridge graciously allowed me to repost her sensible and valuable essay about her letting her sons play with baby dolls.  I especially liked the line:  "I want them to understand that sometimes we make mistakes, but our love is never a mistake." Raising Daddies by Kristen Herrett The images in this post are of my sons. With a baby doll. I posted them on Facebook a few weeks ago to mixed reviews. Most thought they were cute. A few privately messaged me to take t … [Read more...]

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