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The Legalized Abduction Of Children

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It’s almost inconceivable but it happens to every single family in the country every day. You often reflect that one of your biggest jobs as a mom and dad is to protect your sweet child so she grows strong and never loses her love of life and learning. So the very idea that your child could be abducted and taken to some far away building is horrifying. And not only that but it is an abduction that you must sit by and witness because you are required by law to hand over your children or fear stiff penalties. In fact, you are required by law to pay extra taxes to support the livelihoods of the abductors who steal your child away.

While your child is away, she will be locked up and forced to sit for hours with other abducted children and listen to value discussions of morals, ethics and religious ideas that are not their own and to be driven to intense levels of boredom and tedium by droning lecturers who refuse to let them get out of their chairs except for five minutes an hour to move to another room to be tortured further.

Of course by now you recognize that we are talking about the public school system. It’s absolutely phenomenal that we subject our youth to this kind of torment day after day for the majority of their childhood and teenage years. And then we wonder when they become bitter, angry and rebellious children when we as parents refuse to protect them from this kind of abuse.

It is all done under the guise of “education”. And we would be able to accept that definition if the children all emerged from this system highly educated, equipped with both life and vocational skills and ready to take on the world. But the truth is that the majority of the curriculum of the schools is meaningless and of no life value.

It will still be up to you to teach your kids how to balance a checkbook, get and keep a job, write a respectable term paper and manage a household. 

To say the public school system is flawed and seriously out of touch with what society needs or what children need from the ages of five through eighteen is a gross understatement. But because having your kids go to public school is “the way it has always be done”, we turn over the most precious thing in our lives, our own children, to an inept system that drives the love of learning from them, makes them dread every day they go there and produces a child that has to be totally reprogrammed to go on to excellence in college or in a career.

It really is up to us as parents to change the situation. Now to get the public education system abolished or even to see any serious reform is probably beyond our ability as individual parents. But the law does allow us to find a better alternative for our kids. And that alternative often is a quality private school. The reason private schools have been so successful is because so many parents have, like you, become fed up with seeing their kids abducted each day for a system of education that the parents neither support or believe in.

By moving your kids to a private school setting, you have a tremendous amount of control simply in what kind of school you pick for your child.

Private schools are privately funded so if they do not live up to their promises to create a nurturing and productive learning environment and to teach the kids subjects that really matter, you can simply “fire them” and take your child to a different school or, worst case, teach them yourself via home schooling.

Now we have no excuse. The private school movement is thriving and growing so the odds are that you have a diverse assortment of schools to choose from in your town. You can interview the alternatives and find a school that will protect and develop your child’s natural love of learning. And when your child loves to go to school because you saved from the “abduction” of public school, you will be glad you made the effort to find a good place for them to get their education and a place they can find success and enjoyment in learning all at the same time.

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5 Tips To Help Structure Your Teaching Approach For Your Home Schooled Child

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Home schooling can be a lot of fun, especially for both children and parents who are tired of the traditional way of educating a child in a prototype format.

It does not however, necessarily mean that if you opt to home school your children, you can teach your child whatever you want to teach and do whatever you want to do.

Like the formal method of teaching in schools, home schooling is also a process that parents have to learn and understand in order to provide their children the benefits of the program.

Hence, parents who have decided to home school their children but do not know how to format an overall plan in order to come up with the best structure in teaching their children, here are some tips that that might help you:

1. Knowledge about the benefits

It is important to know the reasons and the benefits for which you have opted to home school your child. 

Once you are aware that you and your child are more benefited in home schooling than the usual type of schooling, it would then be easy, for you to a make a curriculum that both you and your child will appreciate.

2. Have a goal and devise some motivations

It is better if you outline your goals at the outset. Identify what you want to achieve with your children as well as for yourself. Doing this you will be inspired and focused while teaching. Your goals act as your guide in formulating the necessary approach to teaching.

3. Determine a budget

Many parents think that since home schooling provides a cheaper means of educating their children, it’s alright for them to spend on expensive books, in spite of other cheaper options. 

Home schooling materials are indeed, important in order to provide the best teaching methods. However, it does not always mean that you have to overindulge your children.

Set a budget for your home schooling program. Many items on the Internet could help you to come up with the best strategies and methods without too much expenditure. 

4. Know your child’s capacity to understand and the way he learns things

Though many home schooling programs and methods are available on the market today, nothing comes close to perfection in providing your child the best education if you do not know how you and your child should go about the program. This can only be done easily if you are familiar with your child’s style of learning.

You have to identify the curiosity level and interest of your child in order to decide on the best approach to teaching that would motivate your child.

Why most children do not excel in school is because the method of teaching is inappropriate to their interest and level of curiosity. Hence, focus on this aspect is necessary.

5. Communicate with your child.

Communication with your child helps you identify the things that bother them and the areas where they need improvement. Most parents are so focused on providing their children the best education that they forget that the best education that they could provide is to listen to their children’s needs and from then guide them however they can.

Most parents forget that the essence of learning is based on the child’s wish to study. Usually parents have the tendency to push their children into the direction that they think would be the best for them.
By this, the children wind up miserable because the things that they need, are not provided simply because their parents failed to understand their children.

The teaching approach in home schooling compared to the usual method used in the typical schools is that parents should concentrate on the child’s learning style, interest. Parents should have the ability to understand what they want to learn. Only by this method can they teach their child in the best possible manner whatever is necessary.

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Parenting Pro Tips 11 ways to drive your teenager nuts

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Today’s topic: how to drive your teenager completely bull-goose loony, in just a few simple steps (without receiving a phone call from Child and Youth Services or your local equivalent). We both have considerable experience in this matter, and have decided, out of the goodness of our hearts, to share it with you.

Why would you want to know how to drive your kid up a wall? If you’re asking this, you’ve probably never actually had a teenager. Trust us. At some point, you will need this information.

Okay, your kids may have already left home, but with a little creativity you can probably find ways to apply at least a little of what you’re about to learn, even if your children have long since fled halfway around the globe. So settle in, and get ready to take notes. There will be a test.

Friend your kid on Facebook.

No caption needed, really. We think the image says it all.

For some teens, this will be taken as an act of aggression, equivalent to hiding their iPhone or implementing the parental control setting on your TV cable box, such that they only have access to one channel: the Ontario Legislature Channel, to be specific. (Actually, this isn’t a bad idea, either. We might be speaking from experience.)

2. Once you’ve friended your kid, look around for his or her friends, and send each of them a friend request, too.

This works best if you actually know who your child hangs out with, but it can be fun to branch out, too. Friend everyone your kid knows on Facebook, regardless of who they are! After all, you want your kid to be popular, right? And when your teen’s friends see how open and welcoming her parents are, they will be unbelievably impressed. Your kid’s cool factor will skyrocket.

3. If any of your child’s friends reciprocate and friend you back (don’t laugh, it has happened), make sure you post on their Wall.

Post early, post often. Post things on your own child’s wall, too. You wouldn’t want your kid to think you value his/her friends more than him/her, would you? Exactly. Oh, and “like” everything your kid does. Even those pics of your kid barfing at last Saturday’s party. This is called “unconditional positive regard,” and all the parenting books recommend it. We do, too.

4. Some parents aren’t sure what they should post.

We suggest that you simply respond (in a sensitive manner, of course) to whatever issues your kid (or their friends) seem to be experiencing that day. For example, if your teen mentions that they found it hard to get up that morning, you could say something like, “Yes, Snookums really was a fuzzy-wuzzy gwumpy bear this morning, wasn’t he?” Your child will appreciate your sympathetic approach. Pet names are optional, of course, but they do help to convey your caring message.

5. Don’t forget: teens love it when we speak their lingo.

It shows them that we are real killer-diller hep cats. And kittens. So sprinkle your posts liberally with slang and text-speak. For example, let’s say you want to respond to a picture of your kid at a recent party. Instead of saying, “My goodness, son, you look like you were inebriated!” try posting, “Yo! Dude!!1! PARTAAAAAY!1!” This may not be English, but trust us, your kid will know what you mean. And will love you for it.

6. Deliberately mis-pronounce words that have only one possible pronunciation.

A favourite word to mess with is “psychological”, which, when you give it a little effort, becomes “psy-ko-logg-ih-cal“. When they say get annoyed and try to pronounce it the other way, look at them with pity in your eyes and condescension in your soul and reply, “but that’s not logg-ih-cal“.

7. Lie.

A lot. When a big holiday comes along, like, say, Easter, who would blame you if you sat inside your locked bedroom and ate all the chocolate eggs and jelly beans? I mean, you’ve had them hidden in your room for a week prior, you’re only human, you just wanted one…and next thing you know, your face is covered in chocolate, you’ve got tinfoil in your teeth and your tongue is every colour of the rainbow. Well, oops. Sue me. I ate them and I enjoyed every pre-diabetic moment of it. But now it’s time for the Easter Egg Hunt and the cupboard is bare. This is when lying comes in handy. Tell your little kiddies that the Easter Bunny’s flight got delayed and she’ll be coming tomorrow with her baskets of joy, not today. Once you’ve placated them, run down to See’s Candies and stock up again, making sure to buy extra just in case you, um, want more.

7.1. Lie to make your life easier. I read a good one the other day: when the ice cream truck drives through the neighbourhood ringing its bells, tell your child that they only do that to announce they’ve run out of ice cream.

This is brilliant in its simplicity and cunning. I’m surprised our mother didn’t think of it back when we were young.

8. Whenever your kids ooh and aah at someone else’s startling act of genius, like winning an Olympic gold, for example, claim that you won one as well.

The bigger the story, the better. How to ease into this fabrication: “Well, Johnny, I actually invented that lightning bolt stance when I broke the 9-second barrier at the 1934 Olympics in Timbuktu. It was written up in all the record books, you know and the government gave me free cheese for life.” This one works a treat as well: “Oh my god, it’s much more difficult than it looks, wearing that lingerie, stilettos, and those angel wings down the catwalk—do you have any idea how heavy wings are???” Kids love this. Trust us.

9. Make sure to vacuum their room early and often.

Don’t do it while they’re out, as they may not notice your efforts, and won’t have the chance to thank you properly. Rather, wait for the right moment, such as when they’ve been out late the night before, and the room smells like stale beer. While you’re vacuuming, it’s a nice touch to sing along with the vacuum cleaner. Kind of a “whistle while you work” thing. It’s easy: just open your mouth and go, “EEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeEEEEEEEEEEE…” as loudly as possible. We promise you, they’ll thank you for the clean living space. They may also offer you their allowance if you JUST. PLEASE. SHUT. UP.

10. On the dance floor, be the Parent With the Mostest by knowing all the words and actions to YMCA or The FunkyChicken.

If you feel ambitious, go look up the latest viral video on YouTube, Gangnam Style.

Doesn’t this look like a fun little dance move? You will definitely be Top of the Pops with your kids if you can nail this one. (Image from allkpop.com)

Your kids will be unbelievably impressed if you can emulate these dance moves—especially if you dress the part! Don’t be afraid to attempt a little air-guitar, either. Most kids will be riveted to the spot by your awesome moves. This is not the time for lip-synching. Sing loud, sing proud.

11. When the waiter comes to take your order at a restaurant, make sure you say in a plaintive but loud voice, “Mummy needs a liddle drinkie.”

Kids think this is quite hysterical, especially if it’s breakfast time. Don’t be surprised if they fall off their seats with laughter. This tip works, whether you’re ordering from McDonald’s or a 5-star Michelin restaurant. For extra bonus points, you can follow them around while they’re shopping in their favourite hip, happening places, wailing, “But [insert kid’s name here], slow down! Mummy needs a drinkie-poo!” This is sure to bring the house down.

If you follow these helpful tips, developed by us through years of hard work and diligence, you are guaranteed results of a spectacular nature.

It took us 30 years to perfect the ability of driving a teenager wonky—after reading this, you’ll be able to achieve the same positive results in just hours. You’re welcome.

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Eating Healthy with kids

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One of the hardest things to do as a parent is to make sure that our children are eating healthy. It’s especially difficult during the school year when they are rushing off to school and after school activities. With the easy availability of fast food and ready to eat meals and snacks making it less time consuming to eat unhealthy foods it becomes and uphill battle to keep our kids healthy.

There are some things that we can do to make the meals our children eat healthy and yet still have enough time to handle the other things in our lives. All it takes is a little bit of time to get started on the right track and the knowledge to know what we are doing.

First let’s talk about snacks. How easy is it to just grab a bag of chips or a candy bar and use it as a quick snack after school? It’s very easy and also it’s not very healthy. Instead of a bag of chips or something similar instead hand your child a bag of baby carrots or a bag of apple slices. Both of these now come in convenient snack size bags that can be found in the produce area. If your child wants something a little sweeter there’s always the classic standby of a box of raisins. For a little bit of a change there’s even yogurt covered raising that are readily available.

Breakfasts are hard because the family is rushing around trying to get out of the house and it’s convenient to grab whatever cereal is available and call it breakfast.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but we need to take the time to look at the cereal boxes and look for ones that are a bit healthier. Some things to look for when looking at cereals is how much sugar they contain and how many calories per serving. Look for cereals that are low on both of those items. 

Lunches are a little bit harder but still not difficult. One of the things to watch for when choosing lunch foods is healthy ingredients and as close to all natural foods as possible. The more processing a food has the less healthy that it is. Another thing to look for is organic food this food is made with ingredients that are grown in a more healthy manner and contain less harmful chemicals than other foods do. There’s such a wide range of foods available that it’s relatively easy to find something that your child likes that is still good for them.

Salads are a great choice for both lunches and dinners with the variety of things available it’s no problem to use a little bit of creativity and keep salad meals new and interesting. Don’t limit yourself to the things that you would normally put into a salad, tomato, cheese, eggs, and carrots are all great in salads but why stop there. 

Cranberries, almonds, walnuts, mandarin oranges, slices of chicken or ham, and avocado are all healthy ways to spice up a salad and make it more enjoyable to eat. Actually just about any fruit can be used to give the salad a little bit of texture and flavor.

Don’t be afraid to experiment a little and find out what your child likes the best. 

On to desserts because after eating all that healthy food the last thing that you should be doing is grabbing a big sugary dessert. Instead of the traditional desserts of cakes and pies or items like that there are much better alternatives. A nice bowl of fruit adds a nice sweet treat after a meal and has the added benefit of providing extra vitamins and nutrients that your child needs. Mix it up with a little cream for an added treat or slice a bunch of different types of fruit and mix them all into a bowl for a taste explosion.

There are a lot of different things that we as parents can do to make sure that our kids are getting healthier foods to eat and lots of reasons why we should. The examples that we set about eating are what carries through as they get older and sets the standards for how they’ll eat as adults. We want to give them the best possible foundation to start with and that includes a healthy diet.

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