family, parenting

The life and death of a beloved beagle

I’ve been struggling with exactly how to write this. I mean, really, how do you express the loss of a pet–your child’s pet–the one whose death you are responsible for? I’m the one who let him out the morning he was hit by the mailman. I didn’t mean to, but he slipped out and I couldn’t catch him. Little Copper…

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family, homeschooling, parenting

Every American boy needs a shed

When I first heard the John Williamson song, The Shed, I thought it an odd subject for a folk song. After all, when he sings “Every Australian boy needs a shed…” I couldn’t help but think about a woodshed and we all know what happens when you take a boy out to the woodshed. And it’s not a subject for…

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Homeschool Commentary, parenting

The Pearls, abuse and a false gospel

I’ve been reading over several posts regarding the case of little Lydia Schatz being beaten to death by her parents in the middle of the night.  Her loving, cheerful family, full of all the promises Michael and Debi Pearl make throughout their literature.  For Michael Pearl guarantees happy, obedient children in just two days.  (Blockquotes in italics are from Angry…

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family, parenting

Are women held back by “sucking sound” of their infants?

I am far from a breast-feeding fascist, but I can’t help but take issue with Hanna Rosin’s recent article The Case Against Breast-Feeding (via the discussion at BlogHer).  My objections have little to do with whether or not you should breast-feed.  Actually, I could go on about the urban elite “ur-mother” types who strut their parenting decisions about as if…

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culture, parenting

Nebraska’s safe haven law

There has been quite a bit of buzz recently about Nebraska’s safe haven laws, intended to give a safe place for distraught mothers to drop off their unwanted infants.  These laws are gaining in popularity as people are increasingly horrified at the occasional stories of infants left to die in dumpsters or other unseemly places, but we here in Nebraska…

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parenting, Uncategorized

Tommy Nelson looking for book reviewers

Thomas Nelson Publishing is looking for bloggers who would be willling to receive free copies of certain books in exchange for a review (minimum 200 words) on your blog and on Amazon.  You can write a positive or negative review.  If interested, visit their website for more details and to fill out an application.  There were five books on the…

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homeschooling, parenting, public school

What’s the matter with kids today?

What’s the matter with kids today?  Well, Chris Erskine of the LA Times shares some thoughts, anyway.  I think we are supposed to relate…hopefully you don’t, really, but I did struggle to not spew forth my mouthful of Assam over Erskine’s observation that perhaps there might be a better way. “Maybe we should home-school him,” I tell Posh after the…

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