Monthly Archives: January 2014

A Reflection on Raising Daughters

We’ve all heard the admonition that the best thing we can do for our daughters is to raise them up to be “strong, independent women”. Thanks to the intensity of the feminist movement, the world’s echoing message to young girls is, “You don’t need a man. You can do ANYTHING a man can do.” While I’m all for encouraging girls to develop skills and follow their interests, I suspect this mindset is going to end up being harmful to them and destructive to their future marriages and families. That may seem like an extreme statement, not to mention absurdly politically incorrect, but if you’ll excuse me, I’ll try to explain my position.

Men and women were created with unique abilities and gifts. We were created to NEED and compliment each other. It would be an outright lie to say that women do not need men. I’m not saying a woman cannot survive without getting married, but there will most certainly come a day when that woman needs a man’s unique abilities and strengths in some way. This world needs men! To say that a man is not any more physically able than a woman is nonsensical. Case in point, more than fifty percent of female marines fail their strength and fitness test. I’m not saying this to criticize those women. They’re trying to achieve something they were not built for. It’s a fact that men are better equipped for physically and mentally demanding tasks such as combat. Likewise, men need women. Women have many remarkable talents and capabilities that most men do not possess. We influence the next generation and enrich a home and family in a way most men cannot do on their own. This world needs women!

Unfortunately, when this generation of little girls grows up, they will have become fully convinced that they do not need men. When their marriages hit a rough patch, what idea will ultimately rise to the forefront of their minds? “They told me I didn’t need you. They were right. I’ll be better off without you.” And as their daughters watch this “self-sufficiency” being asserted, the seed will be planted once again and the dangerous cycle will continue to dismantle families instead of strengthening them. The independent woman mantra is so cleverly disguised as a huge breakthrough for women, but I truly believe it’s toxic for families. So I will not set out to raise a “strong and independent woman”. There are so many other dreams I have for my beloved daughter. Will I teach her to be helpless? Of course not. One of the wonderful things about homeschooling is having even more opportunities to teach both of my children life-skills, and I’m sure she’ll be right there with her brother when Josh is teaching him about changing the oil in the car. But I will not lie to her and tell her that she will be able to do everything any man can do and in doing so, declare that men are useless. I love that each day my daughter witnesses me needing my husband…and him needing me. It’s a beautiful thing to need each other.

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Week 22

Memory Verse: In Everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.- 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Poetry: Trees by Sara Coleridge

Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy

History: The Crusades

Science: Jupiter

Five in a Row: The Duchess Bakes a Cake by Virginia Kahl

Read Aloud: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli

Artist: Norman Rockwell

Composer: Johannes Brahms

A few photos from last week:

It’s hard to get this girl to sit “normally”. I’m pretty sure she’d drive a school teacher crazy. Luckily in our classroom she’s only a minor distraction to one other student.

Every once in a while there comes a project that I pass on to Josh to do with the kids. The construction of our medieval castle, with all it’s meticulous cutting and pasting was one of those.

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Week 21

Memory Verse: In Everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.- 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Poetry: Trees by Sara Coleridge

Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy

History: The Middle Ages, Battle of Hastings

Science: Jupiter

Five in a Row: The Duchess Bakes a Cake by Virginia Kahl

Read Aloud: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli

Artist: Norman Rockwell

Composer: Johannes Brahms

A few photos from the last few weeks:

At Their Weekly Art Class

They’ve also been doing some art with Daddy. On this particular evening, they were learning about shading, hence the giant spotlight.

We learned that Elliot needs glasses and should be receiving them sometime this week. This is a pair of frames he chose.

History Notebook- Charlemagne

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Week 19

We’re back after taking off two weeks for the holidays. Prior to that we were busy, busy busy! We went to Walt Disney World in early November and then during Thanksgiving break we went on a road trip to see various family, going through Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. We were able to observe the very divergent terrain from place to place and kids were excited to add on to their list of states they’ve visited. Shortly after returning home we got to “enjoy” some winter weather (lucky for us, there are no snow days in homeschool so we didn’t have to get behind) and then had a wonderful Christmas.

Here’s what we’re up to this week:

Memory Verse: But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. – Romans 8:20-21

Poetry: Trees by Sara Coleridge

Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy

History: Muhammed and the beginning of Islam

Science: Space Rocks

Five in a Row: Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Read Aloud: Aesop’s Fables

Artist: Norman Rockwell

Composer: Johannes Brahms

Photos from Thankgiving Break and Beyond:

We stopped by Lehman Park in Berne, Indiana, where Elliot and Caroline’s Grandpa grew up.

Painting Field Trip

This book was one of our gifts to the kids for Christmas. Josh came across it and thought it would be something they’d be interested in. It’s a story with a mystery to solve, with lots of searching for clues, note-taking, and de-coding. There’s a section that’s sealed at the back to open only when you think you’ve solved it all.

The three of them spent at least an hour and a half looking for clues (sometimes with the help of a magnifying glass) and jotting down notes.

Elliot also spent a lot of time cracking a secret code the next day until we were finally ready to open the sealed pages to reveal if they got it all right.

We also got them a microscope for Christmas, which we’ve been experimenting with lately.

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