Children and Society

  • Celebrating Third Grade and Native American Culture

    Posted by Christopherus

    by Amy McGehee-Lee     This is our family’s second time through third grade, and I can honestly say it just gets better every time. We are, of course, using the Christopherus curriculum. It is such a joyful way to…

  • The Newtown Tragedy : A Simple and Ongoing Response for our Children

    Posted by Christopherus

    We are so very grateful to Kim John Payne for sharing  this article about parenting, teaching and caregiving in these challenging times.  Click here for a printable copy to share with friends.   By Kim John Payne, M.ED & Davina…

  • What is the Fate of the Next Generation?

    Posted by Christopherus

    Here's a sobering article from the New York Times about our new generation of tech and media junkies. Why is this so surprising to so many people? I suppose the faint silver glimmer in this very dark cloud is that…

  • Government Gone Mad

    Posted by Christopherus

    I just had to reprint this article from the Guardian UK’s online Comments section. It was written by a woman named Jackie Kemp on September 28 2009. Forgive me Jackie, for stealing your article, but this is so amazing and…

  • The Wonder of the County Fair

    Posted by Christopherus

    This weekend is the Vernon County fair, held at the old fair grounds on what was obviously, once upon a time, the edge of town but has now been swallowed up by our little strip mall (and admittedly corn fields…

  • The Darkness of The Dark Knight

    Posted by Christopherus

    Last night I watched The Dark Knight with my 16 year old son. He had seen it in the movies a year ago and raved about it ever since and wanted to watch it with me. So we did. So this…

  • Against Militarism but Supporting Military Families

    Posted by Christopherus

    This is a difficult and complex topic that I have been thinking deeply about for years….and am far from resolving within my conscience and heart. But I wanted to share a few thoughts because of the blog entry I wrote…

  • Is Childcare as Good as Mama-care?

    Posted by Christopherus

    Every once in awhile I have one of those “Emperor’s New Clothes” moments – you know what I mean. In this story, the emperor is gullible and gets taken in by two con-men who claim to make him the most…

  • Boy Scout Commandos

    Posted by Christopherus

    So, think the Boy Scouts are a nice wholesome organization dedicated to providing children with outdoor skills and fun around the campfire, toasting marshmallows and singing Kumbaya? Think again. How about skills such as combating illegal immigrants and rescuing a school bus captured…

  • Encouraging Inner Listening

    Posted by Christopherus

    A few weeks ago my 15 year old son, my husband and I watched an Alfred Hitchcock film together ( Shadow of a Doubt) Not a great film but something really made me sit up and take notice. There was a scene…

  • Introducing the Madonna Cloak Project

    Posted by Christopherus

    Over the past year or so I have become increasingly aware of the need that many Stay At Home Mothers (SAHMs) have for support and encouragement. Women on my discussion forum, women who consult with me, friends and neighbors….. I…

  • Early Years Rant 3

    Posted by Christopherus

    (So if this was a movie, I’d entitle it Early Years: The Rant Continues……!) Do have a read through my original piece on this topic and then the follow-up. There have been many wonderful contributions by readers as well – which I…

  • Follow-Up – Early Years Rant

    Posted by Christopherus

    Well, well, well – I have been bowled over by the responses to the Early Years Rant I wrote last month. It seems I have hit a chord. I am honored to be able to hold a safe space for…

  • Early Years Rant

    Posted by Christopherus

    Every once in a while a thread on my discussion forum hits me in such a way that I let lose with what basically amounts to a rant…. Most of my “sensitive spots” have to do with issues having to do with societal …

  • Real Life Political Lessons

    Posted by Christopherus

    I am writing out of a sense of extreme anguish and distress. A very dear friend of my sons – a 16 year old boy – a boy whose family we have known for years and years – went to…

  • A Computer for an 11 Year Old?

    Posted by Christopherus

    Here is a slightly reworked post from the Waldorf at Home discussion forum. The person who wrote in had an almost 11 year old son and her relatives were suggesting they buy him a laptop for his 11th birthday. What…

  • Helping Little Ones with Manners

    Posted by Christopherus

    Here’s another reworked post from our Waldorf at Home discussion forum…. If this is a topic which interests you, do consider purchasing my talks on Good Manners and on Talking Pictorially to Young Children for more practical help with this!…

  • The “S” Question

    Posted by Christopherus

    (This is from a thread from my discussion forum on that great homeschooling nemesis – the Question of Socialization! No matter what form of homeschooling one works with, the spectre of a poorly socialized child will haunt even the most confident…

  • Fourteen year old beaten to death

    Posted by Christopherus

    I’d like to pause a moment and send thoughts and prayers to the family of Martin Lee Anderson, a 14 year old boy who was filmed being kicked and beaten over a half an hour period by the guards at the…

  • Supporting Family Farms

    Posted by Christopherus

    I live in what is called the Driftless Region of Wisconsin, a strange geographic anomaly that was bypassed by the glaciers that once covered the rest of North America. It is a rough land of ridges and valleys, rolling hills…

  • A Change of Clothes

    Posted by Christopherus

    Earlier today I had a conversation with a client about Daena Ross’ cd on the Twelve Senses (read my review here). This is an enormously important topic with important ramifications for the health of our children – and we will…

  • Museum Baby

    Posted by Christopherus

    A few weeks ago my husband Paul and I went to New York for a family visit. I am a native New Yorker but my mother now lives across the bridge in New Jersey. Whilst in NYC Paul and I…

  • Passive Learning

    Posted by Christopherus

    A concern that many people express is about children who do not seem to want to engage in play or who prefer to stand aside and to watch. As our society values a “get ahead” and assertive attitude toward life…

  • Computers – When?

    Posted by Christopherus

    This is a rehashed post from my old Yahoo group (which has been replaced by a discussion forum). It was part of a discussion about computers and children. The following is mainly about what we did as a family.  …

  • Dependency – Appropriate and Inappropriate

    Posted by Christopherus

    The time has come in my family for us to start looking at Life After Home. Will my eldest (presently 15) go to college? Might he travel and work first? Or might he go back to England to live? We…

  • Wonderful Halloween

    Posted by Christopherus

    What a great Halloween we had in our family! What a wonderful festival – though unless one is a follower of Celtic traditions, I’m not sure ‘festival’ is the correct term. ‘Excuse for fun’ or ‘evening out of the ordinary’…

  • School or Family?

    Posted by Christopherus

    From the earliest days of catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, well-meaning proclamations were issued from governors and other politicians or civil servants from affected states that schools would accept children from displaced families. Reporters talking to families or relaying the seriousness of the situation repeatedly…

  • Katrina’s Orphan

    Posted by Christopherus

    So many awful images from Hurricane Katrina – the ones involving children stand out for me. A desperate father holding up his three week old baby, crying out for formula. Babies in intensive care whose parents were evacuated. And, most…

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