Posts tagged ‘families’

Red/​Blue, Strict/​Nurturing Families, and Inherited vs. Negotiated Commitments

I know that I read Red Fam­ily, Blue Fam­ily: Mak­ing sense of the val­ues issue by Doug Muder sev­eral years ago.1 I clearly remem­ber post­ing a link to it in Suzette Haden Elgin’s blog, and hav­ing her pick it up and pass it on enthusiastically.

A friend posted a link to it again this week, and I re-​​read it today. I don’t know why, but it made even more sense this time around. Muder uses the work of George Lakoff (Moral Pol­i­tics : How Lib­er­als and Con­ser­v­a­tives Think and Don’t Think of an Ele­phant: Know Your Val­ues and Frame the Debate – The Essen­tial Guide for Pro­gres­sives) and James Ault (Spirit and Flesh: Life in a Fun­da­men­tal­ist Bap­tist Church) to explain things that have pre­vi­ously seemed inex­plic­a­ble.
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Some of Today’s News in Atlanta

I man­aged to avoid the crime news, which is always hor­rific. Okay, I mostly avoided it. The three boys under 10 who are being charged with kid­nap­ping and rape1 is get­ting to me. That poor lit­tle girl!

Trans­gen­der can­di­date mis­led vot­ers, suit alleges2

Actu­ally, these guys seem to be suing every­body but the dog­catcher down there in Riverdale.

What does Ms. Bruce’s gen­der have to do with how she’ll per­form as a city coun­cil mem­ber? Noth­ing, of course Ir’s been brought up because a cou­ple of sore losers just won’t let go. Asshats!

Trum­pet the news: Ele­phant is going to be a mom3

But she won’t deliver until some­where around April 1, 2009! 22 months of preg­nancy. Dumbo never men­tioned that lit­tle fact.

In metro Atlanta, pro­file of those in need dur­ing the hol­i­days has changed4

It isn’t just dur­ing the hol­i­days, either. Food banks across the coun­try are see­ing more and more work­ing peo­ple who need help. They’re hav­ing to reduce the amount of food given to each per­son or fam­ily because the demand has out­paced the sup­ply so much.

I can’t say that I’m sur­prised. I know too many peo­ple who are just barely scrap­ing by, and it isn’t because they’re irre­spon­si­ble. It’s just how the Amer­i­can econ­omy is, and some­thing needs to change very quickly.


1 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​o​b​b​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​a​s​s​a​u​l​t​_​1​1​1​9​.​h​tml

2 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​l​a​y​t​o​n​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​r​i​v​e​r​d​a​l​e​s​u​i​t​_​1​1​2​0​_​w​e​b​.​h​t​m​l​?​c​x​n​t​n​i​d​=​a​m​n​1​1​2​0​07e

3 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​l​i​v​i​n​g​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​l​i​v​i​n​g​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​e​l​e​p​h​a​n​t​_​1​1​2​0​.​h​t​m​l​?​c​x​n​t​n​i​d​=​a​m​n​1​1​2​0​07e

4 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​h​o​l​i​d​a​y​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​h​o​l​i​d​a​y​g​u​i​d​e​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​f​o​o​d​_​1​1​2​0​.​h​t​m​l​?​c​x​n​t​n​i​d​=​a​m​n​1​1​2​0​07e

I’m a Girl Scout!

Yep, I’m a 39-​​year-​​old Girl Scout. In fact, all three of the humans in our house­hold are reg­is­tered Girl Scouts — myself, Katie, and yes, even Sam. Men can be reg­is­tered as adult Scouts. Katie’s troops have always asked that at least one, and prefer­ably both (or more if there are more!) par­ents in a fam­ily reg­is­ter as adult Scouts for var­i­ous reasons.

I’ve been a troop leader in Junior and mul­ti­level (Rain­bow) troops in the past. I had one year of Brown­ies and one as a Junior Girl Scout when I was a girl. I didn’t have great expe­ri­ences, and wanted to make things bet­ter for my daugh­ter and other girls, so I stepped up to be a leader when needed. I found that I enjoyed it every bit as much as the girls do. As just one exam­ple, I had never gone camp­ing until Katie became a Brownie, and thought I’d hate it, but it was really fun.

There are some mar­velous resources on the net for Girls and their par­ents and lead­ers. Katie is going to share her favorite links with other girls, so I’ll con­cen­trate on the adult stuff. Since I’m rel­a­tively new, I don’t have any­thing like the list of links some sites have, but I wanted to share the best of what I have found.

  • The National GSUSA site has far more infor­ma­tion on it than most peo­ple ever real­ize. If you don’t already know what local coun­cil serves your area, you can find out here.
  • We’re in the North­west Geor­gia coun­cil. That site also offers a wealth of infor­ma­tion. Pay spe­cial atten­tion to the regularly-​​posted Learn­ing Oppor­tu­ni­ties, which is the sched­ule of classes offered for adults and some­times for older girls. Coun­cil events are also posted here. We would have missed out on some mar­velous oppor­tu­ni­ties if we waited for some­one else to tell us about them instead of check­ing the council’s site regularly.
  • The Scout­ing File Cab­i­net is a col­lec­tion of links, songs, cer­e­monies, activ­i­ties, infor­ma­tion for par­ents — you name it! It’s part of a larger site, the Leader/​Guide Cyber Coun­cil, which is marvelous.
  • Scout­ing­Web offers an aston­ish­ing range of material.
  • New Moon Mag­a­zine isn’t specif­i­cally for Scouts, but it’s a mar­velous mag­a­zine for and by girls that does occa­sion­ally fea­ture some Scout­ing mate­r­ial. They also have a great mail­ing list, care­about­girls. The list is “for adults who care about girls: par­ents, teach­ers, coaches, coun­selors, pas­tors, troop lead­ers, rel­a­tives, researchers, etc. This is for every adult who wants to help raise healthy, con­fi­dent girls and make the world bet­ter and safer for girls.”

Some­one expressed sur­prise when learn­ing that I’m a Girl Scout leader because she was under the impres­sion that Girl Scout­ing is only for Chris­tians. I wrote an arti­cle to clear up that mis­con­cep­tion, “Is There a Pen­ta­gram Badge?“

I espe­cially encour­age home­school­ing fam­i­lies to explore Girl Scout­ing as an oppor­tu­nity for their daugh­ters. We use the GS badge require­ments along with unit stud­ies and they’ve given us many great ideas.