TAL Word Cloud
"Nothing is more important to me than my relationship with my children. That includes your expectations."
"Remember, you are not managing an inconvenience; You are raising a human being"
~ Kittie Franz
"Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it."
~ David Starr Jordan
"The child's social development is always retarded if the child does not have a single main mother figure constantly about him, i.e.: a person who has enough time and motherly love for the child. In this sentence, every word is equally important. "Single" does not mean two, three, or four persons. "Constant" means always the same person. "Motherly" means a person who shows all of the behavior toward the child which we designate as "motherly." "Main mother figure" means that secondary mother figures (father, brothers, sisters, grandparents) may support the main mother figure, but may not substitute for her. "Person" means that the respective adult has to support the child with his whole being and has to have time for the child."
~ Theodore Helbrügge
"I don't see homeschooling as some kind of answer to badness of schools. I think that the home is the proper base for the exploration of the world which we call learning or education. Home would be the best base no matter how good the schools were. The proper relationship of the schools to home is the relationship of the library to home, or the skating rink to home. It is a supplementary resource."
~ John Holt
"No education seems to be worth the name which has not made children at home in the world of books, and so related to them, mind to mind, with thinkers who have dealt with knowledge."
~ Charlotte Mason
"The single most important contribution education can make to a child's development is to help him towards a field where his talents best suit him, where he will be satisfied and competent. We've completely lost sight of that. Instead we subject everyone to an education where, if you succeed, you will be best suited to be a college professor... And we evaluate everyone along the way according to whether they meet that narrow standard of success. We should spend less time ranking children and more time helping them identify their natural competencies and gifts, and cultivate those. There are hundreds and hundreds of ways to succeed and many, many different abilities that will help you get there."
~ Howard Gardner, Multiple Intelligences
"Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity."
~ Christopher Morley
"You can't help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn't spell it right; but spelling isn't everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count."
~ Winnie the Pooh
It is not now, nor has it ever been my goal to please or appease the general public. My blog serves as an archive, primarily for my children, but also for myself since I don't have time to scrapbook anymore (and keeping baby books on teenagers is just weird).
That said, I don't go out of my way to intentionally offend. I am quite frank, and often blunt, and have been known to unintentionally cause offense through brutal honesty, by sharing an unpopular opinion, through ignorance or just general apathy.
If you have found yourself offended by reading something contained in or on my blog, it is important to me that you have options.
In no particular order, I suggest the following routes to resolution, with varying degrees of success and/or response.
1) consider it a 'learning opportunity'; it is the mark of intelligence (or so I've heard) to be able to entertain a viewpoint so opposite to one's own without adopting it.
2) consider whether there may be any truth, however infinitesimal, to my viewpoint and adjust your worldview accordingly.
3) stop reading my blog and go back to 'safe' spaces on the interwebz where people agree with you and your worldview is entirely supported.
4) leave a comment. I suggest one that is thoughtfully composed with the intent of seeking common ground, from which we both might learn something, but whiney, flouncy, butthurt comments work just as well. Please see copyright disclaimer below for more information on commenting.
5) Respond on your own blog. Be sure to link back to mine so we can be buddies!
6) Share on Facebook or Twitter with your own commentary - I probably won't see it, but you'll be heard at least, and that's something.
7) Sit there in your madness and be mad, Mr. Maddy McMadderson.
Obviously, this is said all in good fun; I really do hope that if I've caused offense, you'll let me know and we can chat about it like grown-ups who are interested in making the world a better place for our kids, and in leading by example.
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