But not all at the same time . . . .
Hello Friends, Real quick-like, here are a few choice picks from the internet of the past few weeks:
1. Check out this article on how a Mexican drug lord recently succeeded in a meticulously planned prison escape. It made me think about the death penalty and Catholic Church teaching on it and whether need for the death penalty is really so rare. In Mexico anyway? I dunno.
2. I loved this article from Money Saving Mom. My daughters already have to deal with feeling rejected by other kids from time to time. I know what it’s like to feel rejected. I’d give anything to shield them from it, but I can’t. Crystal discusses how to handle it constructively.
Honestly, as a mom, I wanted to rush in and scoop them up and protect them. I wanted to express anger and frustration and say things like, “That was so rude and mean… You can never play with those girls ever again!!”
I hurt for them. But I knew deep down in my heart that trying coddle and bubble wrap my kids is doing them a disservice. I cannot shield them from hard things forever.
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Because there’s a world out there that will crush you in two if you don’t develop backbone, stand strong, know the truth that you’re enough, and lovingly forgive and believe the best about people.
So part of growing up is learning to love others even when they do unloving things to you. It’s forgiving when you are slighted or skipped over — whether intentional or accidental. It’s not harboring bitterness and anger toward people who don’t treat us fairly.
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I also told the girls that the best remedy for times when you feel lonely and left out is to do something for someone else. Reach out to someone else. Be interested in other people’s lives. Look for ways to serve. Find opportunities to show love.
3. I learned a lot from this article from this Wall Street Journal about the Confederate battle flag brouhaha in South Carolina. I’ve been seeing a lot more of those flags flying in our town. I didn’t have a strong opinion on the flag earlier. My feeling before was, “Just take it down already.” I have a soft spot for federalism though (or states rights, but that phrase has a negative connotation), and there seemed to be some connection. I honestly had no idea that the flag was resurrected in the mid-1900s in reaction to the civil rights movement. And now . . . yeah, seriously, take it down already.
4. On a lighter note, here’s a good resource showing proportionally how much electricity various household items use, and how much energy-saving strategies actually save. It’s something I’ve been thinking about because it looks like we actually will be moving to a bigger house soon, and I’m not looking forward to those utility bills.
Please be careful with me/ I’m sensitive and I’d like to stay that wa-ay.
Anyway, that makes me roll my eyes and think, “Just get over yourself already.” But, as Modern Mrs. Darcy explains well, there really is something to “highly sensitive persons” and parenting one is quite a challenge. So much of the characteristics she describes her son having are also things we’ve noticed and–um– been challenged by with Girl 1. It’s not so much an issue of having your feelings hurt easily, a la Jewel, but of having overactive physical senses.
6. Speaking of parenting, this funny article by Rob LaZabnik, a writer for the Simpsons, made me laugh: “They’re Back! How to Cope with Returned College Graduates.”
So the time has come for you to cut the cord. And by that I mean: Take your kid off your Netflix account. He will be confused and upset at first, not understanding why this is happening to him, but it’s a great opportunity for him to sign up for something all by himself.
Which brings us to money. It’s finally time to channel your Angela Merkel and get tough with your young Alexis Tsipras.
It also make me think, “No God, please no.” Also, who is Alexis Tsipras? I don’t even know, but I still laughed.
7. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Click over to This Ain’t the Lyceum for more quick takes.