9 October 2012
Our oldest son, Science Kid (9), chatting with a guy at the garage:
- Guy: Do you like school?
- SK: Oh, I’m homeschooled.
- Guy: Do you like that? Wouldn’t you like a break from your mom? Maybe your mom needs a break from you?
- SK: I love being homeschooled. I don’t need a break from my mom and dad. They teach me a lot. They teach my sisters and little brother, too.
- Guy: Maybe your sisters need a break. Do you torment them?
- SK: More than I should. But I’m working on that. I’m trying not to encroach as much.
- Guy: <totally confused> You’re trying not to do what-now?
- SK: I’m trying not to encroach. You know, not be aggressive or violate their rights. We try to be peaceful in our house. So, we don’t encroach on other people.
- Guy: Oh, okay.
25 July 2012
- Earth Mother (then 7): Dad, why is it against the law for people to hit animals but not to hit kids?
- Me: Hmmm… I’m thinking… Because hitting children is accepted as beneficial in our society?
- EM: I don’t think it’s right!
- Me: I don’t think so, either. But I used to think it was okay. Should I have been fined or put in jail when I used to smack your brother’s butt? Would that have helped me learn? I don’t think more laws are the answer. No law can make a person more virtuous.
- EM: I don’t think you should have went to jail, Dad.
- Me: I don’t think so, either. I think the way to change minds is not by making more laws. Pointing guns at people is an ineffective way of persuading them.
- EM: So, we should tell them that spanking is bad?
- Me: We can, but more to the point, you and your brothers and sisters can show the world through your actions and behavior that being spanked isn’t necessary to make a person virtuous. Some people think that if children aren’t spanked, they won’t learn how to be good people. You can show them that belief is false.
- EM: Okay, Dad.
And we conclude with a silly one:
18 January 2013
- Science Kid (9): I wouldn’t lick him if I was you…
- Earth Mother (then 7): <licking SK’s hamster> Why? His fur is yummy!
- SK: Because hamsters sleep in their poop!
- EM: Aaahh! Dad! Wash off my tongue!