2017: Family Matters



July 5, 2017:  Parent of Baby Refuses to Acknowledge Biological Gender on Birth Certificate

Canadian parent Kori Doty is currently refusing to identify baby Searl Atli as either male or female, stating “a medical examination at birth cannot determine a child’s true gender, because a baby might be intersex or grow up to identify with a gender that is different to their biological sex.”  The province of British Columbia has agreed to provide a health card marked “U” for “Undetermined” or “Unassigned.”  The madness continues.

June 30, 2017:  Multiple Disabilities Didn’t Hold This Gal Back

This is a fascinating article.  Born with ectodermal dyspasia, alopecia, and now legally blind from abnormal eyelash growth, 28-year-old fashion model Melanie Gaydos recalls a childhood of brutal teasing and bullying.  None of her physical afflictions have changed….but her singular physical appearance has now caused her to be a current sensation in the fashion world.  This article does not indicate Melanie gives any credit to God for her current success or peace about her physical appearance…but it is interesting to ponder how limitations can sometimes be transformed into tremendous assets, and how encouragement from a parent or peer can start the transformation.

June 21, 2017:  10-Year Old Boy Invents Life-Saving Device for Carseat

I love stories of young entrepreneurs and youngsters who create practical items.  This ten-year old Texas boy has invented a carseat fan which will turn on if a) it detects weight in the carseat and b) a rise in temperature.  Very interesting concept.

June 20, 2017:  Lighthouse Christian Academy Defends Right to Teach Biblical Values

As I scanned this article, one of the first things that stood out to me was that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is NOT stepping in to legislate the curriculum at Lighthouse Christian Academy.  This private Christian school in Indiana is currently at the center of a debate as to whether or not “schools that participate in taxpayer-funded voucher programs can speak out against homosexuality.” Attorney for the school Brian Bailey is advocating “Parents are free to choose which school best comports with their religious convictions.”

June 7, 2017:  To the Thirtysomethings Who Are Raising Littles

Author Catherine Dietrich presents this charming article giving tribute to the thirty-something moms who lay down their lives (pedicures, movie-time, exercise routine, etc.) for the nose-wiping, bottom-powdering, keep-an-eye-on-you life of raising a pre-school “little.”

May 26, 2017:  Creating the “Smart Straw” – Teenage Entrepreneurs Seek Patent

This article focuses on the invention created by three teenage girls who participated in a Gulliver Preparatory School Business Plan Challenge High School Track:  a straw that turns blue at the top when common date rape drugs are detected in either alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.  Susan Cappello, Carolina Baigorri, and Victoria Roca modified their product and continued to pursue their goal, “to reduce the date rape statistics.”   Since there are several diverse products with the title “smart straw,” I doubt this new product can hold on to this name.  But I love the girls’ hearts in creating this product, and its potential for inexpensive creation and distribution is phenomenal.

May 10, 2017:  

Angela Mills offers an excellent article regarding the “things” we do for our kids — even when they can do them for themselves — and how some of those seemingly unimportant tasks become treasured moments.  I read this article and loved it — great perspective for moms, dads, even grandparents!

May 9, 2017:  Josh McDowell Warns, Prepare Your Kids to Face Porn’s Dangers by Age 5

OK, anyone who knows me also knows that I qualify as “older.”  So you will understand my first reaction as being, What???  McDowell (actually much older than I am  :o) ) presents an interesting case and discussion regarding research that indicates “Porn’s effect on the brain is like cocaine and heroin together.”  He also discusses the importance of parents and churches tackling this issue with practical steps.  Worth reading.

March 20, 2017:  A reprint of a June, 2014 blog article was posted on my FB timeline, and it is well worth reading.  Gist of it?  “I wanted to be a boy.  Desperately wanted to be a boy.  I thought boys had more fun.  I liked blue and green more than pink and purple…”  This gal (yes, still a gal) compares the viewpoint her parents had, vs. the viewpoint of many parents who have been conditioned to believe “God made a mistake” in determining their child’s gender; or, in a viewpoint which eliminates God, each of us is able to choose what gender we wish to be, and either attach or remove the appropriate genitalia to conform to our ideas.  Great article.http://lindsayleighbentley.com/2014/06/30/i-am-ryland-the-story-of-a-male-identifying-little-girl-who-didnt-transition/

March 13, 2017:  “‘Keep Children Innocent’:  Gay Attorney Says Disney Goes Too Far in Pushing LBGT Agenda”; 

The title refers to an interesting piece from self-declared gay attorney Joseph R. Murray.  Murray wrote a column for the Orlando Sentinel regarding content written into the non-animated Beauty and the Beast.   His bottom line?  “Why do we have to expose our kids to such mature themes?  Do they not have plenty of time to grow up?”  Murray also references other Disney cartoons which have animated characters frequently exchanging same-sex kisses, often somewhat in the background. Christian writer Jenny Rapson took her daughter to see the movie and subsequently blogged a piece entitled “I Went to See Beauty and the Beast.  Should You and Your Kids See It, Too?”  Her view:  movie director Bill Condon received huge amounts of free publicity for a moment “really easy to miss.”  My thought: I have not seen the movie, but I remember the old story about how you can’t cook a frog by throwing it into a pot of boiling water, because while it still had strength its reflexes would allow it to immediately jump out of the boiling water and be freed. It has to be put into lukewarm water and once there, slowly increase the temperature so the frog never notices and becomes too weak to jump. Both Murray and Rapson make strong points.  Disney has taken a prominent role in using its reputation and name recognition to actively engage in the reshaping of American culture, and Condon does not apologize for sending his pro-gay message around the world via this movie — in fact, he praises the movie for its deliberate portrayal of homosexuality as a “normal and natural” lifestyle and infers it will “open up” other cultures to a more tolerant view of the alternate lifestyle.   Rapson virtually dismisses the gay-character side plot and “exclusively gay moment”;  instead, she focuses on the general love story and discusses opportunities for family discussion from which appropriately-aged children might benefit.   As I said, I think they both have strong points.  But I suspicion that Murray has steadily watched the turning of of the heat…and Rapson is not consciously aware of the increased temperature of the water.

February 3, 2017:Coach/teacher Emma Walker recalls her experience of frustration with lacking play time while in a high school basketball team, and wanting to quit. This article, When Your Child is Ready to Quit, Tell Them This shares some valuable insights and suggestions.

February 1, 2017: Writer Amy Carney blogs an article entitled 8 Things You Should Do for Your Teens Before It’s Too Late. She discusses laughing and enjoying life with them, helping them to advocate for themselves, tying into their passions when you spend time together, building in activities that thwart the me-myself-and-I culture, and discusses social media. A quick, informative read worth your time.

January 10, 2017: Matt Walsh entitled an article, Dads, we can’t expect our sons to become real men if we don’t teach them how. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that in a country where broken and fatherless homes are endemic, so many young men have suddenly discovered their inner female. This is what happens in a lost society, not an enlightened one…one of our primary duties as fathers must be to show our sons what true masculinity looks and acts like…” Full article