Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Two-Parent Families

June 11th, 2015 Viewed 722 times, 1 so far today


David Leonhardt has an interactive map up showing the percentages by state of two-parent families:

When it comes to family arrangements, the United States has a North-South divide. Children growing up across much of the northern part of the country are much more likely to grow up with two parents than children across the South.

It’s not just a red-blue political divide, either. There is a kind of two-parent arc that starts in the West in Utah, runs up through the Dakotas and Minnesota and then down into New England and New Jersey. It encompasses both the conservative Mountain West and the liberal Northeast.

Single-parent families, by contrast, are most common in a Southern arc beginning in Nevada, and extending through New Mexico, Oklahoma and the Deep South before coming up through Appalachia into West Virginia.

[read more: The North-South Divide on Two-Parent Families, hat tip: Ann Althouse]

What Is Your Parenting Focused Upon?

June 8th, 2015 Viewed 716 times, 1 so far today

windowslivewriterthepointisweareourchildrensparents-bdc8kidslisteningtomusic4.jpgJess Connell focuses on us parents like a laser in her post Is Your Parenting Focused on the wrong things?

Rather, I fear that too many moms of our generation “major” on these controversial, blood-pressure-raising, attention-getting second- or third-tier issues, while missing the basics:
  • character development
  • obedience
  • the day-in-day-out business of RAISING ENJOYABLE, CHEERFUL, KIND CHILDREN who are growing in their understanding of God and the world He has made.

Moms who fall into this trap are focused on the side-issues but missing the major things.

This applies to dads as well.  How invested are we in raising the next generation of God worshipers instead of living for self?  We need to be very careful with the lives that are entrusted to us– one dad tried to shame his daughter and ended up losing her.  Obviously this is not the way to parent.

How Do You Teach Your Children about Money?

April 1st, 2015 Viewed 837 times, 1 so far today
School children at Mitchells Plain school. The...

School children at Mitchells Plain school. They draw learners from Khayelitsha and Philippi as well. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was reading Educating Your Children about Money and it had an interesting timeline to follow where it show different ages at which children can process different monetary concepts.  To me, this is a great idea to get them involved as early as possible since I did not really have that kind of education as I was growing up.

One of the things that I have tried to do over the years is to give each of my children an allowance that amounts to how many years that they have been alive.  This echoes the idea of getting a salary instead of paying for chores.  I find that paying for chores doesn’t really work for us, because not only can they opt not to do the chores (which is not conducive to family harmony!), but the book work can be harder to manage.  The way I’m currently doing it, they get paid when I get paid.

If A Child’s Door is Closed, Do You Knock or Just Go On In?

November 16th, 2012 Viewed 1314 times, 2 so far today

Father and children on a walkFor the most part, I admit that I usually go right on in—surprising them.  So, why should I find it annoying that they do the same to me?

In the article Establishing Guidelines for Privacy with your Children, Maria Doll suggests that we should always knock:

Always knock – model this polite behavior to your child.  Knock and ask to come in before entering your child’s room.  Insist that this be done to your room, also.  Explain that a closed door means someone wants privacy.  Knocking is the correct way to interrupt.

I would say that you have to make sure that they understand that, because it’s your house, you have the right to access to their rooms, whereas they don’t have the right to access yours, but what’s your take?

Is a room personal space that a child has the right to say it is off limits?  What about the other suggestions from her site?

Image from Stock Exchange used under the Standard Restrictions explained at the link.

The Solution to The Public School Problem

July 1st, 2010 Viewed 1822 times, 1 so far today


Anyone can take a shot at the public school system.  They take in tons of money, have multiple layers of bureaucracy, they pass people that cannot read or write, and then they say the solution is more money.  It’s the definition of insanity1.

  1. Insanity (n): Doing something over and over again expecting a different result []

Loss of Innocence

July 24th, 2009 Viewed 1939 times, 1 so far today

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It used to be that some things were left private.  Discussed between parents and children at appropriate times, children were allowed to be children for as long as possible.

Today, however, we have a culture that exposed to and trained in private things long before they have ever been taught before.  I believe that sexual education and our sex saturated society go hand in hand to create monsters at younger ages.

Funny How They Get It

June 26th, 2009 Viewed 2561 times, 1 so far today

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A group of six dozen paleontologists recently paid a trip to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky to see what they presented.

Palin’s Biggest Asset and Biggest Weakness

September 3rd, 2008 Viewed 2138 times, 2 so far today

McCain chooses Sarah Palin as Vice President pick at a rally in Dayton Ohio on August 29, 2008Gov. Palin’s biggest asset is that she’s a real person.  Not that I believe the other candidates are space aliens, but she is the first person on either ticket that’s not a Senator, does not have money in their background, and oh yeah, she’s a girl.

As the Politico reports, even some of the new revelations about what is going on her family may end up helping her, rather than hurting her.


Caption Contest 4 – What are You Looking At?

June 9th, 2008 Viewed 1094 times, 1 so far today

There’s an interesting side story to today’s photo. I used to work for a guy that had a series of expressions that he used all the time. He could use the phrase “At the end of the day” ten times in a single meeting.

One of the phrases that he said often to our all male team was “Just between us girls,” which was an expression that picked up on the fact that ladies tend to share tidbits between each other… well, you get the idea.

So, you ladies out there have got to have some idea as to what is going through these girls minds.  I mean, there’s the one girl that’s still got her trusty blanket, and the girl in pink is thinking something about the girl in white.

What do you think these girls are thinking?

Mormon Update – Mental Health Staff

May 13th, 2008 Viewed 2057 times

311xInlineGalleryI know that this is no longer monitored by the media, they’ve since moved on (probably to something about Britney or one of the other single name celebrities), but there is still action on the Mormon children front:


Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.