In the Jusadbellum home we take a middle path: we give them empty boxes and I cut doors and windows in them and help them invent ships, forts, submarines, aircraft etc. out of them. The box is the 'occasion' for play not the object of play. Something we build and imagine together. Ditto with outdoor play sets. Rather than buy a thousand dollar play set, I put up a 4x8 sheet of plywood about 5' off the ground. It's an 'blank canvas' on which they can let their imagination run... it's ad hoc, unfinished, open to modification, improvement, innovation...Gene, you'd probably like to know that BB guns are part of the play too. We reinforce the 5 rules of safety every time. That's one 'toy' we don't let them use unsupervised. But it does teach responsibility...As does scouting and camping or hunting with children. It's an occasion to introduce them to 'adult' life in a safe but intimate way. Handing on a custom or tradition via adventure.... lots of occasions to chat and get into heavy topics when in a tent or watching the stars come up... or staring into a crackling campfire. Kids are looking for where they came from (and want to be proud of the past) and they want a hopeful vision of tomorrow....and so do adults! Which is why those adults who despise our Catholic (or American) past are not "progressives" at all. Without a past to give you context you have no ground to judge yourself "progressing" at all! Cutting oneself off from the past which was real, with real people, in favor of a fiction that is the future of our dreams is like cutting oneself off from one's parents in favor of playing with toys.
See America... White Hispanics!
WHO KNOWS WHO KEVIN SWANSON IS? WHO AGREES WITH HIM?
Who's watching MSNBC ???.
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The only thing I found remarkable about the commercial was that they did not have a gay couple, a Muslim couple, or a mixed-race couple in it.
Gene you should be grateful that the producers of this commercial from Spain put English captions for you!
So, I guess all those actors were Iberian Spanish...
Great food for thought. I was priviledged to be a stay at home mom when my son was growing up and got to spend lots of time with him at home and at school. It was sad that many parents would or could not take a day off to attend a school trip or another daytime activity with them - it was something that many wanted so much. I have witnessed in my own family the effects of parents who did not make time for their children. And I see it's effect on them as adults.
Thank you for sharing this - I also shared it on my Facebook page. I was fortunate to be able to be a stay at home mom for our son as my mom was for my brothers and I. It was so great to spend time with him growing up at home and to be able to be involved in his elementary school - volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning trips. My husband would also chaperone trips as he got older, which the teachers appreciated having a dad there to be available for the boys if they had problems. It broke my heart when a child really wanted their parent to be involved and they couldn't or wouldn't. In my own family, I have seen the effect of lack of parental involvement when they were young and even now as adults. I have also seen parents who have to work and are willing to use vacation time to be involved in their children's lives. It can be done - you just have to want to do it.
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