• Find All Linda's Older Blog Posts Here

    Link to the original blogspot, with posts dating back to 2008

  • Chores and Children: Parents are Astonished to Discover What Really Works

    Surrender to the necessity of the taskPhoto by Harry Cunningham on Unsplash

    Before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water
    After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water

    There will be no time in your life when feeding and cleaning does not need to be done, however much modern conveniences ease the work. Accept that it must be done, without end.

  • Chores and Children: Kids Must do Chores, it's Vital We All Work as a Family

    Little girl cleans the yard with broom, by Nenad Stojkovik, cc/attrib+comm use from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nenadstojkovic/49770369543/in/photolist-2iQ39TH-2k8oFmG-2k8oFC8-JDGeei-JDAkeM-JLuHEc-JHqX5f-JDzq6T-6qmhdB-JLq5Pr-pDahhV-JBmrVy-JDEzGM-8nDF1K-JHrivq-V6ioPx-JkCyco-JkCqTL-JLpW88-7hW45Q-HQfLkT-HQjbcf-7np8DL-2kiWsEp-2kN3Lqq-2kbSV5u-2kbSVaj-2kbSUZe-2k8oDDo-NUf8Wb-2kN3JR8-2kL4CoB-a2mKjy-5GhvDy-MpCApr-JBn6rW-JLpH5V-JHriEd-HQfowc-hgCeGV-D5dfev-9VTny-RskkTW-E2AWAa-8PPPJS-8Z9YL2-RskmEW-RskmkY-2k8sYkn-Rskm9WBe it resolved that the truth of kids doing chores is: ‘we all need to work as a family.’

    Opposed: How do you know that’s true?

    Affirmative: it’s self-evident: it’s our home and we need to work together for it to be peaceful and healthy

    Even if by 'working together' you mean one's the boss and everyone else is a minion?

  • Chores and Children: Kids Must do Chores because Parents Need a Break

    isabella-and-louisa-fischer-GFKPATimbvM-unsplash.jpg from unsplash.comBe it resolved that the truth of kids doing chores is ‘mom/dad needs a break.’

    Opposed: How do you know that’s true?

    Affirmative: I/we work hard

    Opposed: Good. Hard work is good for people, especially their mental health.

  • Chores and Children: Kids Must Do Chores to Learn How to do Chores

    Be it resolved that the truth of kids doing chores is ‘they need to learn how.’students, rewalsar by nevil sevari, cc/attrib, commuse, from https://www.flickr.com/photos/nevilzaveri/21346960961/in/photolist-2j5eZmB-JTEKv3-ywmKM4-xx7Yxg-5J6ZqG-5J7gd6

    ... argue that point in the affirmative, and see where it gets you...

  • Chores and Children: Fallacy #3 It's Kids' Bad Attitude That Needs Fixing

    Question 1. How can I improve my kids’ attitudes toward helping out at home?

    See no evil monk, from Creative CommonsShort answer: good luck with that.

  • Chores and Children: Fallacy #2 Kids Must Help with Housework

    Parent says 1. I really need kids to pitch in (write in reason of choice: single parent, busy schedule, ailing parents, demanding job, kids waste time, they have to, it’s their turn…)

    Speak no Evil monk, from Creative CommonsWhat parents need isn't for kids to handle. Adults help kids with their needs, not the other way around.

  • Chores and Children: How Parents Fake 'Listening' as Actually Obedience

    Parent Question 1.       

    How can I make my child listen?

    Parent Coach Answer 1.         

    You mean 'obey.'

    No, no, no, no ... yes, you do. What are the other options? Coming soon in the series on Chores and Children.

  • One Way Parents can Effectively Vanquish Their Fears and Worries

    Fear is the absolute worst place to make decisions as a parent: it pushes kids away, creates rebellion, gives us our very own heart attacks, and doesn't keep our kids safe, anyhow. 'But the world is dangerous,' they say, and, 'people are dangerous, and kids think they're bulletproof...' as if that's a reason to make choices out of fear. It may feel like a compelling argument, but it's not a good reason. There is an antidote to this: THE PRESENT MOMENT, from The Way & the Power of Mothering

  • There Will Always Be Rebels

    Browsing through an old portable hard drive, I have discovered some old writing... including some of my terrible, hilarious, weird poetry. This one goes, I think, with the post about how the curmudgeons always claim these kids are the 'worst ever'... check that one out here. Apologies are probably in order, but here goes: There Will Always Be Rebels In the stillness of morning air 3 small branches dancing there The apple tree is old and staid But in its small twigs, breezes played. 'Settle down…


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