Browsing All posts tagged under »Childhood«

The Cat’s in the Cradle and the Silver Spoon: Slow Down, Parents

December 5, 2016

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Andrea Petersen recently wrote a Wall Street Journal article, “A Nanny Who’s Always On Vacation.”  Far from being on vacation, these specialized nannies make their livings by accompanying families on their vacations, to attend to the children while traveling and to give the parents their “adult time” sans kids. I’m not sure what I think […]

Stop the Pussification of America

November 14, 2016

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Parents:  let your kids find their own way in childhood. Let them be disappointed.  Make them strong and confident by letting them do things, not by telling them they are special snowflakes.  The real threat to America is not Trump; it’s the past several decades of helicopter parenting that turns out 20-year-old spoiled, fearful children. […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: Cynthia

November 7, 2016

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By Lauriate Roly Would you like to read a story about me?  It’s true and has hardly ever been revealed to anyone. Our newly bought clothes always needed alterations and adjustment, and Mrs. Allen, my mother’s good friend, was a great seamstress and expert on the sewing machine.  An ancient Singer, which she and her […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: They Laughed When I Sat Down to Play

March 14, 2016

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I don’t know how I learned to play the piano. It’s such a ridiculous history that I’m having trouble writing about it.  But, ridiculous as it may be, I’m going to try to tell you, as clearly as I, in my senior of senior years, may relate the story and attempt to put all the fatuous […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: Crèche – Mom, From Central Casting

December 21, 2015

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By Lauriate Roly The school I went to had a boy’s side and a girl’s side, “and never the twain shall meet.”  It was strictly forbidden for either side to mix with the other. Even in the big schoolyard we shared together, there was a heavy painted line that neither gender child would even think […]

Enough “Trigger Warnings” and “Safe Spaces.” Grow Up, or Step Aside.

June 8, 2015

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We are supposed to be ready for full adulthood upon graduation from high school. Instead, our best universities now act like nurseries for weak-minded, simpering crybabies. We are doomed. There is a dangerous – yes, dangerous – and growing tendency to insulate college students from the least bit of stress, controversy, mental discomfort, or any […]

And the Award for Stupidest Attempt at School Discipline Goes to… Gustine, Texas

February 2, 2015

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Imagine how frustrating and infuriating it must be for a small-town elementary- school administrator to repeatedly find human poop on the gym floor. The horror! The horror! Something must be done! A culprit must be caught! …even at the expense of all decency and common sense. Lila’s solution would have been to just set up […]

Oh. Not Again.

November 3, 2014

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By Lauriate Roly   It’s so dark; so early. Was I supposed to set my clock back an hour last night? I used to love the dark, on Berri Street.  I used to feel so comfortable and sure about myself in the advancing darkness and waiting for the streetlights to go on.  Also, I loved […]

The Other Reason Girls are Hypersexualized

June 30, 2014

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Do we continue to foster a culture that insidiously discourages females from doing much of anything else? Women’s-lib veterans must be SO disappointed.   As we have lamented before, it seems like girls these days are too wrapped up in their physical appearance, that they put so much of their self-worth in things like boobs […]

Let Kids Be Kids: Go Play Outside!

January 20, 2014

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The most important skills that children everywhere must learn in order to live happy, productive, moral lives are skills that cannot be taught in school. Such skills cannot be taught at all. They are learned and practised by children in play. – Peter Gray Okay, raise your hand if you grew up in the 1950s, […]

Nature, Nurture, and Free Will: Which One Rules Our Choices?

December 2, 2013

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A neuroscientist with a normal, loving life discovers that medically, he is a psychopath.  Now what? What drives our actions?  Are our choices really a product of exercising our free will, or are we just genetically programmed bio-automatons? Because of my own background, I ponder these questions more than most folks, perhaps.  Adopted as an […]

Every School Should Send Out A Letter Like This

October 11, 2013

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Carol Hampton Rasco (Since 2001, President and CEO of Reading is Fundamental) sent this post around on Facebook and is encouraging everyone to share.  I think it’s well worth a look… and if you are a school teacher, principal, or administrator, please consider… strongly consider… initiating something like this as a tradition in your own […]

More Misguided Food Fascism

July 1, 2013

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If policymakers were serious about tackling childhood obesity, they would fund our schools appropriately and get rid of the snack machines entirely. Here we go:  the USDA has for the first time issued restrictions on what sorts of snacks schools can sell,  according to Mary Claire Jalonick and Connie Cass for the Associated Press.  Vending […]

The Idiotic Messages We Send Our Kids About Violence

May 17, 2013

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Ever notice just how wrong our authorities get things?  Specifically, I have been noticing the complete, nonsensical, total disconnect of any kind of reason or consistency between “school violence” and “bullying.”   We have been conditioned lately to think of “school violence” as Columbine or Sandy Hook (never mind that Adam Lanza was not a student).  […]

Imagined Sins of the Father: Don’t Visit Them Upon the Kids

May 3, 2013

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Don’t be that kind of adult who shuns the kids who are hurting the most. The bizarre case of Brenda Heist, the wife and mother who went missing for 11 years only to resurface recently, was of only passing interest to me until I ran across this quote from her husband, Lee Heist: “The hardest […]

The Dream Merchant

March 26, 2013

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Lauriate Roly makes a discovery about his mother’s imagination, years later. By Lauriate Roly When I was a child, my mother owned a “Dream Book” which she got after sending in a great number of box tops from RINSO. She learned about RINSO’s special Dream Book offer, listening every day to “Big Sister”, her favorite […]

A Game… By Any Other Name

January 22, 2013

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By Lauriate Roly “Kick the Can” and “Red Rover” are games I played when I was a kid. You might enjoy a little story about another popular game played by the kids in my neighborhood. You have to understand that I lived in a neighborhood inhabited by French and English kids. We played together and […]

Crèche – Mom, From Central Casting

December 13, 2012

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By Lauriate Roly The school I went to had a boy’s side and a girl’s side, “and never the twain shall meet.”  It was strictly forbidden for either side to mix with the other. Even in the big schoolyard we shared together, there was a heavy painted line that neither gender child would even think […]

The Cat’s in the Cradle and the Silver Spoon: Slow Down, Parents

November 19, 2012

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Andrea Petersen recently wrote a Wall Street Journal article, “A Nanny Who’s Always On Vacation.”  Far from being on vacation, these specialized nannies make their livings by accompanying families on their vacations, to attend to the children while traveling and to give the parents their “adult time” sans kids. I’m not sure what I think […]

Mike Firesmith on Childhood: RAWR’s Mom

September 21, 2012

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By Mike Firesmith I haven’t slept in two days and now it’s Monday. The clutch in my truck dies so getting to work is more fun that it has to be. This will be expensive at a time I am really trying to save some money. Work hits the ground writhing in agony as if […]