We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My wife and I chose to have her drop out of a high paying cable news network job to be at home with our daughters. It has been a net blessing for the entire family and she works her ass off managing the kids and home...don't know how family's with two parents in demanding jobs do it...I think the dirty little secret is they make huge compromises when it comes to their kids.
I sense jealosy from female relatives, who by necessity due to divorce or alpha female tendencies, in their subtle belittling of our choice. I think deep down they know their cubicle career is just not that fulfilling compared to what my wife has been able to experience.
Also, given the various volunteer work required in the schools, churches and communities, don't know how our communities would operate without a large group of yummy mummies willing and able to pitch in.
I've got nothing against woman who choose and need to work outside the home but it just seems to me that woman's lib movement is not about more and better choices for woman but a demand that woman must rebel against their traditional and necessary valuable role to service the ego of the feminists.
Good points, Phil and THANKS Avery for the Chesterton quote. If anyone has time, I'd be interested to hear more thoughts on how to raise children--specifically girls--in this rabid feminist culture.
Like your situation, Phil, I too left a high-paying job to take care of my family and I've never, ever, not once looked back. To be sure, when the decision was made, it was a huge relief to me--I knew that I was doing what I was supposed to be doing, that is, taking care of my husband and children. My husband and I were doing what we essentially agreed to do when we decided to have children and then not encroaching on others to make it possible for us to do other things(such as two incomes can accomplish).
So now, we have four daughters and four sons and more joy than we can imagine. I have found that the decision to go against the tide has made me re-think everything I knew about family and life in general. I was raised to "go out there"! My own mother felt like she was really missing something 'out there' and pushed my sister and I to go to college and get the paycheck--in so many words, don't waste my time staying at home.
We are raising our children to vocations, not jobs. Our sons will no doubt be husbands and fathers some day, or in religious life--so we work towards those ends. Our daughters will become wives and mothers, so we direct them to those ends. But I will also say that a college education is (hopefully) in all of their futures. I am a college-educated sahm and for me, it has prepared me to truly teach my children about life in general. There is no doubt that many will say that I wasted my time going to college. I could not disagree more.
So, after a long introduction to my question, for those who have already raised their children, how did you prepare your girls for the future? Any thoughts or advice?
I left an academic career to be at home with my kids. The collective gasp from the department lowered the local barometric pressure a full inch.
I kept telling myself that there were hundreds of people in line to take my job and do it better than me, but not one was in line to raise my kids instead of me. If my kids were going to be raised right, then my husband and I were going to do it.
Homeschooling really made it a lot easier to raise our girls outside of the feminazi mindset that pervades our college town school system. I refuse to offer any class in 'politically correct'. We co-op with like-minded families.
Also, staying married made it a lot easier. Marriage is not easy, but kids are better off if you can cooperate in the business of raising them. [And in the meantime, I grew up and became a better partner.]
he's wrong, for the same reason that holder is, just from the opposite pole. the legal argument for executive privilege as a general idea is sound, the application is flawed. its possible, perhaps even likely, that some of the retained documents are in fact privileged; my guess is that a good percentage of them are not. but its impossible to tell because holder hasn't identified what the documents are specifically are or how the privilege applies to each one individually.
No one should be surprised by Obama's invoking presidential executive privilege, and no one should be surprised so many people are skeptical of his stated reason for doing so. This is a case of chickens coming home to roost. Here is a man, Obama, who has spent many years and enormous effort to hide details of his upbringing and his personal life: his birth certificate, his college grades, his friendships and political alliances with political and religious radicals, his still unexplained travels abroad as a young man (on what was believed to be an Indonesian passport). And here is a man who has been caught lying about important details of his early childhood years in his own autobiography, about the circumstances surrounding his dying mother's healthcare and the fight she had with her insurance company, and about his membership in the socialist New Party (which he publicly denied). Why should anyone believe him now? Obama lost my trust a long time ago; he deserves the trust of no one now on the withholding of F&F documents. It's NOT a matter of Constitutional principle; it is a matter of his personal character.