Monday, June 15, 2009

Thoughts on parenting....

I came across this from another blog that I like to read: Mama Is. While, I don't agree with everything she writes about, I love her style and her old Hathor comics. :)

THE MANIFESTO OF THE IDLE PARENT

We reject the idea that parenting requires hard work
We pledge to leave our children alone
We reject the rampant consumerism that invades children from the moment they are born
We read them poetry and fantastic stories
We drink alcohol without guilt*
We reject the inner Puritan*
We don’t waste money on family days out and holidays
An idle parent is a thrifty parent
An idle parent is a creative parent
We lie in bed for as long as possible
We try not to interfere
We play in the fields and forests
We push them into the garden and shut the door so we can clean the house
We both work as little as possible, particularly when the kids are small
Time is more important than money
Happy mess is better than miserable tidiness
Down with school
We fill the house with music and merriment
We reject health and safety guidelines
We embrace responsibility
There are many paths
More play, less work

What are your thoughts? Its always a bit refreshing to find a view that lines up somewhat close to my views on parenting, but in reality our house doesn't always look that way.....but ideally, it would line up closely.

Us, a Jesus loving, thrifty, city dwelling, outdoor and fun loving, striving towards "less is more" type of family. And yes, Morgann and I love to lie in bed together as long as possible. :-)

* We don't drink. I cook with wine and have no guilt in doing so;)
* I'm not sure what rejecting the inner Puritan is supposed to mean. We love God by loving God we live our lives to glorify Him. We don't live the the Law, but out of love of Jesus.

I think I want to write more on this later. But Morgann and the Hasty kids are on their way and I should take my freshly folded, but not put away, laundry off the couch and maybe put it away, or just throw it back in the basket, before they arrive;)

1 comment:

This is me ...... said...

"happy mess ia better than miserable tidiness." I will write that on my chalkboard cabinet doors.
I like a lot of these too.
I think when you guys begin to consider school options for Morgann you should consider Charlotte Mason - many of these ideas align with her ideas as well. And I love your family - - - just the way you are!