My reading list for 2018 has finally come together! There is something here for almost everyone, with no trashy content surprises (except I may need to do another list for cookbooks, health and gardening books another time)….
Archives for 2017
Posted in the Chicago Tribune is this personal commentary by David McGrath, emeritus English professor at the College of DuPage:
A 10-year-old girl lies in bed with a fever of 104 and a flaming rash on her head and neck. But instead of driving her to the emergency room or even calling a physician, her parents pray at her bedside for a cure.
Most states still consider such “treatment” by the parents as a religious right protected by the First Amendment, even though it is perceived by most physicians and lawyers, as well as the American Medical Association, as parental neglect or even abuse.
As a general rule, the attention span of boys tends to be shorter than that of girls. Obviously, this varies with each child. Depending on personality, boys are usually downright full of energy and constant motion unless they are ill. It helps to understand that this is not abnormal, most of the time.
Even boys who have wonderful powers of focus still have a tendency to bounce, fiddle with objects, look around, and generally want to be on the move. Sadly, boys are often ‘diagnosed’ with ADHD when they are just being boys.
Fortunately, it is possible to promote a healthy environment for your boys which will be more conducive for learning, if you are homeschooling (or not) and can control some of these lifestyle choices.
Most children today find it very difficult to be bored. There constantly needs to be something happening. We all really need to stop keeping our children entertained.
It’s truly not dangerous for them to be bored sometimes.
It’s long been a family tradition in many a home to spend the chilly winter nights reading aloud. A particularly wonderful Christmas tradition is to read aloud a poignant, inspiring short story reflecting the real reason we celebrate Jesus’s birth.
This collection of heartwarming, inspirational Christmas stories (and books, at the end) will remind you of what the Christmas season is all about: giving, love, and humility, but especially Jesus!
[I recommend, if you plan a reading, printing this out so the ads don’t distract you or the hearers.]…