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 … [Read more...]

At the Register: The Allure of Either/Or

I wrote today's post in forty-second increments all morning long.  If it makes any sense, it'll be a miracle.  But hey, the title rhymes!  Awesome! … [Read more...]

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; … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Perfectly normal.

If I could go back in time, I'd tell new-mother self that this is perfectly normal.  The mirror-writing stuff, I mean (and actually it makes perfect sense in this context, since the two guys are clearly zapping in opposite directions).  So, young mothers, don't freak out -- it doesn't mean your child is dyslexic, autistic, schizophrenic, or has his heart on the wrong side of his body.  All of my kids did mirror-writing when they first started writing, and now they all . . . well, that is … [Read more...]

My Two Sons

I was shopping with my eight-year-old son, and the checkout lane was the usual gauntlet of trashy magazines.  I was about say my usual warning line, which is, "Do yourself a favor and don't look at that garbage," when I heard him GASP. "Look!"  he said, "--Kittens!" Sure enough, it was a picture of kittens: I love that kid. I also love my other, 6-year-old son, of course, but he would not have focused on the kittens.  He's more this kind of guy: Anyone have a nice … [Read more...]