Monday, May 30, 2011

Child education myths

Domestic Felicity: Child education myths

Honestly, what she says goes for older children too.

Hey, some of my children are very quiet (not shy exactly, just not bouncy). But you know what? I spent 13 years in PS (remember to count kindegarten) and was even quieter and down right shy. Some of my children are outgoing and energetic. But so was my brother (with preschool-14 years in public school). You knwo what? humans are different. Wow imagine! We aren't all the same no matter where we were educated.

There does come a time when mamma's knowledge isn't enough to teach all a child needs to know. That's why we have textbooks! Having one child graduated and one close I can tell you that a good textbook with answer key will generally answer all questions and problems. If it doesn't, well, that's what God made Google for:-) To this point, hubby and I, our reference/textbooks, and the internet have been able to answer/teach everything needed.

Leah Hardy used to be delighted that she delayed pregnancy, now she says: I was mad to be a mid-life mother

Leah Hardy used to be delighted that she delayed pregnancy, now she says: I was mad to be a mid-life mother | Mail Online

I once read a letter to an advice columnist asking why her friend had totally forgotten all the "fun" things they did before the friend married and had a baby. "All she wants to do is play with her baby or talk about her baby. No interest in partying anymore." The columnist told her to just be patient and her friend would come back.

My response was "What an idiot answer." Obviously the new mom had discovered that babies are a whole lot more fun that frivolous parties!

I have had babies in my 20's (2), 30's (5) and 40's (Well, I turned 40 10 days after Jane was born so that's close enough, lol. I'll be nearly 44 when this one is born.) There are advantages to all ages. I can say that it is SO MUCH EASIER to be a mom with older children around! Baby gets held more than enough (if it wasn't for breastfeeding I might not get a turn!) and baby has (in Jane's case) eight people home 24/7 who adore her and pay attention to her. If I don't feel like doing crafts or baking cookies, one of her sisters does. If I don't feel like wrestling, one of her brothers does. It's great!

I have often thought women get it all backwards. If you are going to limit yourself to an absurdly small number of babies, do it early on. Marry and have your children right out of high school. (Then if you change your mind and want more, you still have plenty of time. And they are so much fun, who wouldn't want more?) Later, when your children don't really need you anymore and you are mature enough to know what you REALLY want to do with our life and you are more financially stable, go to college and get your degree. Babies won't interfere with your career and, more importantly, your career won't interfere with your babies:-)

And if you want lots of children, start as soon as possible. The best way to guarentee you are fertile enough to have babies in your 40's is to have some in our 20's!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

LAF/Beautiful Womanhood » ‘Africans love children’: Nigerian engineer busts population growth propaganda

LAF/Beautiful Womanhood » ‘Africans love children’: Nigerian engineer busts population growth propaganda

Praise God!

God Bless these People:-)

(I, personally have had very few negative comments about my eight (soon to be nine) children. Maybe I just live too close to Utah [lol], but everyone I meet wants to tell me about their own childhood in a large family (#1 comment; "We had so much fun!") or how they wanted more but their hubby or health wouldn't let them.)

Homeschooling and the clueless Miss Marple

Homeschooling and the clueless Miss Marple

I happen to know about an educational system where every child comes from a home without running water, central heat, TV, computers, cars, carpeting, phones, and very few have access to public libraries. And yet this system produces a 98% literacy rate (ours is 85%) with "literacy" being defined as being able to read and understand a King James Bible (with many, many of these children graduating able to compute compound interest in their heads, and speak and read Greek and Latin!)

Where is this educational system? More like when.

This is America BEFORE public schools, when parents were the final authority on a child's education.

See This book, free, on line to all.

Friday, May 27, 2011

‘Illegal’ babies abducted by Chinese population control officials |

‘Illegal’ babies abducted by Chinese population control officials |

Whenever you hear someone talking about lowering the birthrate or "the government needs to do something about population control" Think about this article. This IS what will happen if we give the gov that much power.

The sad thing is if China would put their energy into growing their economy instead of killing their own people, they wouldn't need "population reduction." Too many babies aren't why they go hungry. It's too many politicians.

And the inevitable result: because boys traditionally take care of their parents in old age, the girls are the ones being aborted (so much for "protecting women"). This means China now has a whole army of young men with NO chance of ever marrying. How will they fix this? Start a war to kill soldiers off in? Open state run whore houses?

And when you have one baby for every four grandparents, you can't possibly tax the new workers enough to provide retirement. So the only logical solution will be euthanasia for anyone too old to work.

Really people. Think about what you are saying when you are discussing population control.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Left's Dirty Little Secret

American Thinker: The Left's Dirty Little Secret

"But while kids can turn off the boob tube, there's nothing that they or their parents can do when the public schools turn into instruments of corruption. Exhibit A: "sex education." "

Oh, but there is something the parents can do. They can take their children OUT of public school and put them in some sort of education that does not abuse them or undermine the family's morals.

We don't live in China, Cuba or Germany people. We have the RIGHT to educate our children privately.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ronald G. Lee -- The Truth About the Homosexual Rights Movement

Ronald G. Lee -- The Truth About the Homosexual Rights Movement

If you care at all about homosexuals, read this article written by a homosexual, catholic man.

For the Love of Learning

By Jenny Sockey

I just finished this book last night. It is a good summary of both the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling and the Classical method. I have used both methods in my school and have seen the similarities myself (though I wasn’t at all successful with the CM method). Mrs. Sockey does a good job of summarizing how to mix the two methods together into a CM Classical education. She has a nice list of resources (takes up half the book!)

If using “Real Books” instead of textbooks sounds interesting to you, if you want to teach your children to love learning and do research for themselves, check this book out.

PS I would follow up this book with “The Well Trained Mind,” “Teaching the Trivium,” “A Charlotte Mason Companion” and “For the Children’s Sake” to give yourself a better understanding of both methods.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Rock You Like a Herman-Cain

American Thinker: Rock You Like a Herman-Cain

"You get the idea that a Cain-Obama debate would be the wise grandfather taking the arrogant silly whippersnapper to the wood shed."

You know, I might even bother to watch such a debate.

Cain- a politician who can do math, work computers, and make a business make money (which means they don't have to fire their workers)and actually answers the question! What a novel idea.

Why Men Are Failing

Dr. Laura’s Blog » Why Men Are Failing

Yep. It's all our fault women. Seriously.

Tiger Mother, Burning Bright

American Thinker: Tiger Mother, Burning Bright

I think (the stereotypical) American parents are just as intense as "Tiger Mom." The difference is that instead of focusing their energies on academic and musical performance they focus on:





They are JUST as intense.

We really need a balance between the two. We need a dedication to excellence that "Tiger mom" has found but with the knowledge that we are all gifted in different areas and society can't function with 300 million concert pianists and no doctors. We need to acknowledge that our child may be called to an area we don't understand but we need to hold them accountable to preform to their personal best potential in that area.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Should Providers Refuse to Treat Overweight Pregnant Women?

Should Providers Refuse to Treat Overweight Pregnant Women? - The Unnecesarean -

Ummm, ok so what? These docs are telling their fat women to go homebirth???

A recent study found that there were actually no more complications in fat women than the skinny. The normal perception of greater problems is due to self fulfilling prophecies; the doctor expects problems so he is more likely to induce, continuous moniter, do frequent internal checks, and jump to c-section sooner all of which CAUSE more complications. If the docs would just shut up and sit still, most complications in woman of ALL sizes wouldn't happen in the first place and everyone would be happier.

Husbands Are People, Too

Husbands Are People, Too Breathing Grace

Becasue feminisim has preached at us for years about how evil men are, too many women treat their hubbies like they are dirt. They often treat their girlfriends, coworkers and neighbors far better than their hubbies.

A husband a wife are supposed to be on the same team. Theya re not enemies.

Men deserve the basic respect of being a human being...

especially from their wives.

Environmentalist Schizophrenia

American Thinker: Environmentalist Schizophrenia

Plentiful Fuel

Plentiful Fuel - John Stossel - Townhall Conservative

Monday, May 16, 2011

New Campaign Outlines C-Section Risks -

New Campaign Outlines C-Section Risks -

Uhhh, the problem isn't that mom's want the convience of the earlier birth, it's that doctors are so cavalier and even manipulate women into these inductions. It's the doctors doing it!

Profiles in Tolerance

Profiles in Tolerance - Mike Adams - Townhall Conservative

It's the arrogence of the "tollerance" crowd that decides what is to be tollerated and what isn't that gets to me. They aren't interested in open honest discussion. They want to bully everyone into believing as they do.

Education Freedom is Civil Rights Issue of Today - Star Parker

Education Freedom is Civil Rights Issue of Today - Star Parker

"This is the civil rights issue of our time."


(Of course I can't resist pointing out that there is NO difference in test scores between races of homeschooled children. If these moms could find a way to provide a homeschool education for their children, they would be giving them the best education in this nation!)

The Gospel of Self-Esteem

The Gospel of Self-Esteem Breathing Grace

It s Never a Good Time to Have Kids | Blogs |

It s Never a Good Time to Have Kids Blogs

Life Doesn’t Have Optional Voids |

Life Doesn’t Have Optional Voids

Government Schools: Antiques Preserved in Political Amber

American Thinker: Government Schools: Antiques Preserved in Political Amber

I've asked this question before;

Why are we still using a 5000 year old technology to educate our children?

Gathering a bunch of children in one reoom with one teacher has been around at least since the Ancient Greeks. There is no need for this to be the standard today.

Why cant our children be taught by a math scholar in Japan, an English professor in Oxford, an Archyologist on a dig in Egypt, and a scientist in a lab in Germany? With today's computers, this is more than easy; it's already being assembled and used by colleges. Why not at lower levels also? Why keep our children in the dark ages?

Bullets over Bubbles

American Thinker: Bullets over Bubbles

Taj Mahal Schools

American Thinker: Taj Mahal Schools

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ron Paul Introduces Bill To Protect Raw Milk Sellers | Health Impact News

Ron Paul Introduces Bill To Protect Raw Milk Sellers Health Impact News

I've written about raw milk before. My research says it is healthier in most cases. This is part of the reason we now own a cow (though the fact that I like cows for pets is also a very big factor). Selling Raw milk is illegal in our state.

You know, not all humans are the same and what is right for one isn't necessarily right for others.

My dad is lactose (milk sugar) intolerent. He can't drink store milk or my cow's raw milk. He can drink lactose-free milk without a problem.

I have a friend (and had a child until she was nearly two) that is milk-protein intollerent. This friend cna't drink store milk without serious tummy troubles but she can drink my cows milk with no problem. My little one couldn't even eat cheese, yougurt, or butter without problems (and since mamma was nursing full time, momma couldn't either!) But she could drink raw wilk without any problems. When we butchered that cow, I had to put her on almond milk until she grew out of her allergy.

Why not just buy raw milk for her? As I said above, it's illegal in my state to sell it.

So the law makers have sentenced my friend and my child to no milk (how do you eat cold cereal?) or inferior milk substitutes.

How exactly is this consistent with our Constitution or with a "free" society?

It's time to take back our food.

An Obstetrician's Hope - The Unnecesarean -

Dear Dr. Hayes,

If you ever get tired of Doctors Without Borders, I know a nice little community here that really needs you!

This article is FULL of important information. This man has done his research and knows what he is talking about.

"The women who are increasingly asking for out of hospital care are doing so because they are informed, intelligent, and empowered women who are concerned about their health and the health of their baby."

"In my experience, no mother cares more about the “birth experience” than they do their baby. It is precisely because they care about their baby and their life that they are making the completely rational decision to avoid a hospital birth at all costs."

"There are many reasons we should encourage home deliveries attended by qualified birth attendants: it’s more comfortable and convenient; it’s less expensive; we should respect patient autonomy. But there is one reason why we cannot ethically avoid it — it is safer. The outcomes, for mothers and babies, are simply better." [Emphisis mine-BettySue]

"I have delivered several hundred VBACs [in homes, not the hospital] in the past several years without incident. In the same time frame, my local hospital has lost at least 3 mothers during or shortly following cesarean deliveries."


If you are or know ANYONE of childbearing age, read this letter!

An Obstetrician's Hope - The Unnecesarean -

My Entertainment is Holier Than Your Entertainment! | Breathing Grace

My Entertainment is Holier Than Your Entertainment! | Breathing Grace

Actually I agree with Driscol that video games are not a sin, just a stupid waste of time. Except, of course, Spider Solitar. It's ok.


(We have several games that the children and hubby enjoy. I just was never interested myself)

Cannabis cure stories keep coming out

Cannabis cure stories keep coming out

OK I don't say a lot about this issue for various reasons, but I do want to give a heads up to those dealing with cronic illness who live (or can vacation) where they can take advantage of this research that it is available and should be checked out.

There is a lot our doctors don't know yet that can help people.

Questions about Prenatal Ultrasound and the Alarming Increase in Autism - by Caroline Rodgers

Questions about Prenatal Ultrasound and the Alarming Increase in Autism - by Caroline Rodgers

This article completely dismisses the vaccine-autism connection. The studies "disproving" this link were flawed and have been discredited. And the vaccine companies promised to not make any more vaccines with thermosil in them but are actually still using their stores of the the old recipes. I think when you have a perfectly normal child who gets their shots and then suddenly is not normal, you MUST conclude the shots did SOMETHING. Now, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Autism has many causes including both vaccines and ultrasounds or a combination of both. Maybe the damage from the ultrasound makes Baby vulnerable to damage from the vaccines. Don't know.

I do know that the vast majority of the time sonograms are done for purely frivolous reasons:

To see what sex the baby is.

To see when he is really due (like that can really be predicted! Babies come within a couple of weeks of their "due date" no matter what "age" the sonogram says they are.)

To make sure everything is OK. Now, ultrasounds don't make the baby healthy; they see if baby is already healthy. If he isn't what do you do about it? You get an abortion is what you do. That didn't cure the baby, it killed him. This is not a compassionate way to treat the handicapped!

To increase bonding with the parents or to reassure them. If parents are left to God's nature, the hormones involved in natural, non-induced birth will insure plenty of bonding. And if baby has a good heartbeat (Doppler's are a type of sonogram with much lower levels of sound and heat, but should still not be used anymore than necessary. My midwife uses it during the first couple of months and during labor but uses a fetascope the rest of the time to limit exposure) or is kicking around he is healthy. That picture doesn't tell you anything new.

The one good thing about sonograms:

Because "everyone" gets them and shares Baby's first picture, younger people have grown up seeing that that "thing" in the womb is a real, live baby. This is why the younger voters are increasingly pro-life.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The 'Education' Mantra

The 'Education' Mantra - Thomas Sowell - Townhall Conservative

Hubby has seen this. The young man that works for him just spent nearly $1000 to enroll in a class on "The History of Law Enforcement in Cinema." He paid (or more acuratly, his parents paid) this kind of money for the privilage of watching movies for a trimester. And this is a state university, not a private college. What in the world is watching movies supposed to prepare this kid for?

Monday, May 09, 2011


Everyone has faith.

Some have faith in science.

Some in money.

Some in politics.

Some in power.

Some in themselves.

Some in humanity in general.

"And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." Mark 11:22-23

My faith is in God.

Where is your faith?

Education that Corrupts

American Thinker: Education that Corrupts

Personal Liberty 101

Personal Liberty 101 - Mike Adams - Townhall Conservative

Actually I believe a woman has the right to control her own body. That is why rape is illegal (and should be punished with the death penalty). That is why a woman should have informed consent or refusal for all procedures accociated with birth.

However, she does NOT have the right to hire a hit man to rip another human beings arms and legs off, desolve them with acid, or punch them in the head with scissors.

A woman must control her own body, but can't control the body of the baby in her womb. That is up to God.

Simple, really.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

“If I were at home, I would have died” — The trouble with extrapolating hospital birth events to homebirth « erin ellis homebirth midwife

“If I were at home, I would have died” — The trouble with extrapolating hospital birth events to homebirth « erin ellis homebirth midwife

Most complications in the hospital are CAUSED by the hospital. Since homebirth is laking the causes, they lack the danger.

"The United States ranks 41st in maternal mortality among nations. That means in 40 other countries, women are less likely to die from pregnancy and birth related causes. The CDC also states that half of the reported deaths were preventable and that death rates are underreported by almost a third. On April 9th the Healthy Mothers Healthy Birth Summit will convene in Washington D.C. to examine the clinical and political issues surrounding maternal death in the United States."

Those countries with safer births than ours all use midwives more often than we do.