|I cut up the bread into chunks and toast them in the oven under the broiler. It's easier for the kids to eat than a big piece of bread in there.|
“…The biggest problem with homeschooling is its failure to effectively socialize children. Public school teaches kids to be outgoing and extroverted. I’ve found that many homeschooled kids seem to be quiet and uncomfortable in social situations. The classroom environment could help these kids come out of their shell…”Um, yikes. Matt does a great job responding, as is his habit. It's great to be reminded sometimes that introverts and extroverts are good at different things. We should all be striving to be our best selves, of course. And sometimes for introverts that means being more outgoing than we are naturally inclined to be. But still, the idea that extrovert=the norm and introvert=something to be overcome is pretty bothersome. And it's nothing new, check out this anti-introvert propaganda film from 1951:
The Outsider (1951)
Its goal seems to be to encourage extroverted kids to be more inclusive and introverted kids to make an effort to be friendly, which is good, of course. But I want to punch the narrator in the face. What is that guy's deal?
In conclusion, it is okay to be an introvert.
Problem: You are a woman.
Solution: Ummm, that's not a problem either.
But from all the back and forth on the interwebs about whether us wiminfolk ought to go to college or work outside the home or stay home with the kids, it would be easy to start thinking that being a woman with a talent or an intellect is inherently problematic.
But you know what? I don't think it is.
I think the crisis is not in a lack of opportunities for women, or not enough social programs, or too much competition and not enough collaboration. I think the crisis is rather in a lack of discernment of our true vocations and a lack of confidence in our own choices. It's a crisis of constant comparing of ourselves to others and to a fictional what might have been.
As usual, Pope Francis said it pretty well:
- Ivy League graduate Anne-Marie Maginnis defends her decision to stay home with her children: O, Alma Mater
- Baylor Professor Elizabeth Corey says career and motherhood will always tragically conflict: No Happy Harmony
- One Catholic man at Fix the Family thinks Catholic doctrine is largely unsupportive of women being educated or employed outside the home: 6 reasons to NOT Send Your Daughter to College
- Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas allows her husband to defend us from the preposterousness: Six Reasons to NOT Send Your Son to College
--- 6 ---Problem: You're supposed to be having this baby in 10 weeks and your To Do list is SHOCKINGLY long. Solution: Wow, we really have a lot in common. 25 Productivity Secrets From History's Greatest Thinkers. (Ummmm . . . no thank you Ben Franklin, I don't think I will.)
Any problems I missed?
One of the things on that To Do list is to get some extra posts written up in advance. This will be my first baby since being a blogger and, honestly, I'm not sure how it's going to go.
My main creative outlet pre-blog was sewing. Before a new baby came I would always finish up all my half-done projects, then a week or two before my due date I would tidy up my sewing area and not expect to get anything accomplished beyond basic household duties for a good six months.
I'm hoping I'll be able to type while holding a baby, but I'm really not sure. I'm a notably lousy typist. (The husband finds it a. infuriating, b. hilarious, c. adorable, d. all of the above. Go ahead, guess.)
Anyway, the list of topics suggested by readers and/or fellow bloggers includes:
- How we deal with tattling and bickering amongst siblings
- How we square away one-year-olds
- How we organize a homeschool day (with four different grades, plus pre-schoolers)
- How we avoid the pitfalls of the Advent/Christmas season
- My thoughts on maternity clothes
- Why I don't make two dinners
Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see covered before I reserve the right to, but probably won't, disappear from the blogosphere for a while.p.s.
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