Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I'll be honest and say I'm not pleased with my progress this last week. I've been crunching the numbers on the sleeves on this sweater so many times. It should have been done by now, but I'm still adjusting to life with school. I'm finding that the toughest thing to get done is meals. In all of my school planning, I left out the meal planning and when meals aren't planned, the right groceries aren't in the fridge, and I'm staring at 4 pails of tomatoes from the garden and my family has no desire to have fresh tomato soup...again.
So I've got my meal planning back in order, and I'm starting to adjust to school, and hope my kids will soon make the adjustment as well. Hopefully now that the chaos of "what's for dinner" is under control, I can get this sweater and subsequent pattern writing complete.
I've just so barely started another book up for review. This is a Timberdoodle review, though so a bit different. I set my goal on finishing it sometime before Christmas. It's about raising boys (obviously) and is written by the parents of 6 boys (and 2 girls) and specifically addresses homeschooling boys as well, which perked my interest.
Their philosophy is a bit Duggar-ish for lack of a better term. I like the Duggar family, so that's okay with me. What I like from it so far is it talks about not trying to change your boy because his masculinity is difficult to deal with. Is your boy aggressive? Don't make him passive. God might have made him aggressive so that he can be a soldier, or police officer. Talk to him about defending the helpless, being the hero, etc. Funnel that aggression into a way he can honor God.
So far I'm liking it more than Dobson's Bringing Up Boys because it's less quoting psychological studies, and more practical approaches with sons. I nearly welled up reading the first chapter when I read about how important it is to see the gift in your child, and how often your child's gift is also what is often the most annoying to the parent. We fight so hard to mold them into these agreeable little yes-men and God designed them for something bigger and greater. I felt like someone else understood my David (especially). He's so passionate, and so physical, and so strong willed, so loud, and I see that so much as his potential, or his gift but I feel pressure from all over sometimes that it's a sign that I can't control him well enough. I know I have more than one boy, but he's the one coming up in school and I'm going to need all the help I can get.
I can't say much more, because I'm not that far into it yet. I'll let you know if it's any good.
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