Technology is great! I love it! But sometimes I feel like it builds a wall between my family and me. Give yourself and your family the gift of boredom. Instead of staring at your smartphone or tablet the next time you’re waiting for something why not put it away and just be bored?Continue Reading →
I have a confession to make: I’m a distracted homeschooling dad. My problem isn’t golfing on the weekends, working long hours, or hanging out with guys shooting hoops every night. No, my problem is in my pocket. I’m a digitally distracted dad.
When my wife and I started homeschooling there wasn’t much to distract us or my son. We had a gaming console (original Playstation) but it was rarely used, dial-up Internet was still prominent, we had no cable TV, and I had a pager for work that rarely beeped. Continue Reading →
Homeschool dads are an interesting breed. Some of us handle the majority of the homeschooling, others (like myself) pitch in when needed, and others fall somewhere in-between. We like talking about and answering questions about homeschooling but there are some things you should never ask a homeschool dad.
1. What curriculum do you use? We don’t know. Even if we do, our wives probably use something different for fill in the subject so don’t ask us, ask our wife.
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Privacy and accountability go hand-in-hand. Parents have a moral obligation to protect the privacy of their children.
Brad McFadden wrote an excellent article about privacy and accountability in our families. In it, he discusses why privacy is important and how accountability helps to protect a family’s privacy. Here’s and excerpt of that article:
As parents we should be very mindful of our children’s privacy. We should also foster openness within our families. Openness encourages trust, honesty, liberty and acceptance. Secrets are destructive to relationships and an ongoing tolerance of secrets is fertile ground for mistrust, deception and unfaithfulness. Privacy itself, however, is not a negative attribute. As our children get older their sense of privacy develops and grows. As parents we must mold and help them understand their new inner desire for privacy. Just like with all their maturing personal needs and desires it is our responsibility to teach them what is appropriate and what is not. It seems to me there is a growing confusion between privacy, secretiveness, openness and accountability. With the following principles I attempt to bring some distinctive clarity as I examine privacy, its value and its limits.
Besides the moral and philosophical reasons for protecting privacy, there are also practical steps parents can take to protect the privacy of their children. This hand infographic gives some great advice.
Our kids have a way of reminding us there’s sometimes more than one answer to a question.
Here’s a conversation I had with my young daughter once while driving in the van:
Me: Hey, A. When’s your birthday?
A: October 13
Me: What year?
A: Umm, EVERY YEAR!
Don’t get so focused on getting the right answer from your kids. Let them explore every possible answer.