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Desk Exercises

Exercises to Incorporate into my Daily Computer Routine


Exercise 1

1. Keep your eyes fixed on a spot straight ahead and do not allow that spot to move up and down throughout this exercise.
2. Place your index finger on your top lip. Draw your head away from it as far as you can so that the bottom of your neck is moving backwards on your shoulders. This will effectively pull your chin in.
3. Hold the position at the limit of movement for three seconds.
4. Repeat six times.
5. Do this every two hours.

Do not be surprised if initially you find this difficult to perform. If you have had a forward head posture for a long time and your headaches are fairly chronic you will be very stiff in this direction. Keep practising and movement will improve. Once you understand the manoeuvre you can dispense with the finger under the lip.


Exercise 3

A stretch of the muscles at the base of the skull can also be achieved without the use of a headrest, making this the exercise of choice in the office or for those working in a chair without a head support.

1. Clasp both hands behind the head just above the base of the skull. Find the base of the skull by placing thumbs on the bottom of the ear lobes, then running them under the skull, towards the spine, until the hands can be clasped. Keep the arms and hands still.
2. From this position, allow the chin to drop in a 'yes'. Maintain this position. Do not push the head back.
3. Lean back from the mid shoulder blade region, about ten degrees only. You will notice your chin tuck in some more, as if in a permanent position of 'yes' and you should feel a stretch at the base of the skull, where the neck joins the head.
4. Hold this position gently for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat six times.


Exercise 6

This exercise not only improves the stability of the shoulder blades, but it will also prevent the contraction of the muscles across the top of the shoulders which cause your shoulders to creep up around your ears at moments of stress. Chronic contraction of these muscles affects the neck joints and may, in turn, cause headache.

1. Sit up straight, with elbows free and bent at right angles. Gently tuck in the chin. Hold.
2. Take the points of the shoulder blades down to the floor and in to the spine. If you cannot get your shoulder blades to obey these instructions, think of pressing the elbows to the floor, while keeping the forearms parallel to the floor.
3. Once you feel a stretch occurring across the top of the shoulders, hold the position for ten seconds.
4. Repeat ten times. Perform regularly especially if you feel that telltale tightness starting. You may prevent the onset of a headache.


(Recommended by How Now)

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February 28, 2005  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

Martin Luther's Munchkins

Shanna, an LCMS, WELS pastor's wife and friend of mine, recently shared this inspiring portrait the Luther family:

Luther and Katherine had six children: Hans (June 7, 1526); Elizabeth (December 10, 1527); Magdalene (May 4, 1529); Martin (November 9, 1531); Paul (January 29, 1533; and Margaret (December 17, 1534). Elizabeth died as an infant in August 1528. Magdalene died in her early teens in 1542.

The deaths of his children ripped his heart to shreds. "I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess." is from the time after Magdalene's death.

Their home was noted for its liveliness and its happiness.

In addition to their own children, Luther and Katherine had numerous other people living in their home with them. Katherine’s aunt, Lena, lived with them for many years. They helped raise eight orphaned nieces and nephews and provided lodging for various tutors, exiled clergymen, escaped nuns, government officials and visitors, university colleagues and many students. Many meals were eaten with as many as twenty-five at the table! All visitors were expected to take part in family customs, devotions, and prayer.

It was an eclectic home...full and large..open to anyone.

For recreation the Luthers enjoyed a bowling lane of sorts in their garden, board games such as chess, and music. They had a pet dog. They grew much of their own food in a small garden at the Black Cloister and then later as a farm outside Wittenberg.

Luther commented once to Justus Jonas children were the "best gifts of God," and lamented that so many parents seemed to overlook and ignore them.

Luther prepared his Small Catechism with parents and children in mind. He used it diligently within his own home. He also wrote hymns for his children to share with them the wonders of the gospel. The well-known Christmas hymn, From Heaven Above to Earth I Come, was written by Luther for his children. While away to from Wittenberg at the time of the Diet of Augsburg, Luther wrote his son a charming letter describing heaven as a pleasant garden filled with delightful activities for faithful boys and girls.

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February 27, 2005  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

Happy, Happy!

C4 arrived home this morning around 8 am. He had a fresh haircut, a new sweater and kolgotki, and his English had a decidely Ukrainian accent. The boys went crazy welcoming their brother home. *grin* He had a good week in the village with Babushka, and we're very happy he's home with us.

T7 lost his upper right front tooth this morning. It's been wiggly and loose all week, and we've just been waiting for it to fall out. There is a great big gap now, so whatever adult tooth comes in shouldn't be squished.

I was inspired by Jordana, but didn't quite have the ingredents on hand for her soup. So we have a modified chicken rice soup simmering on the stove. I discovered celeriac in the past few months--it's a root veggie that tastes like celery. I've only occasionally found celery here, but celeric is ubiquitous.

Happy, peaceful Sunday afternoon. . .

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Breastfeeding in a Non-Maternity Setting

Note to self, linked to read later.


Breastfeeding in Nonmaternity Settings

Jeannette Crenshaw MSN, RN, FACCE, LCCE, IBCLC

AJN, American Journal of Nursing
January 2005
Volume 105 Number 1
Pages 40 - 50

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Idealism Gone Awry

"Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist's true friend. What people somehow (inadvertently, I'm sure) forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here. . ."

--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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February 27, 2005  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

Cool Word of the Day

zaftig: buxom: euphemisms for slightly fat; "chubby babies"; "pleasingly plump"

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February 26, 2005  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

Rash Words

Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2

Am I opening my mouth without thinking first?

Am I typing without thinking first?


(Thanks, Sora.)

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February 26, 2005  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

Family Meanderings. . .

This has been a busy-crazy week. We've had large groups of people in our home Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, today, and will have a couple of English classes tomorrow. We often have guests and groups hosted in our home, but this week it's been busier and crazier than usual.

Bible study last night was from Romans 12. Lots of discussion. Sensitive guy that he is, Hubby ordered in pizza instead of me making the usual fellowship dinner.

I'm super-thankful for our dishwasher! It's the largest one I've seen in Ukraine--but still about half the size of my mother-in-laws. I run three loads on an average day, and it runs almost constantly on days we have guests. I'm behind on laundry right now. The fuse can't handle both the dishwasher and the washing machine running at the same time. . .

J8 asked if he could make chocolate meringue cookies today. He's been interested in cooking lately. I'm purposefully stepping back and letting him try things and experiment in the kitchen, giving him occasional pointers but staying out and letting him try.

Hubby has had a burst of energy this week. He's wondering whether the hypothyroid meds are kicking in. I hope so. He's been drinking less coffee this week--he hasn't needed it as much.

We've been on a decluttering/spring cleaning kick. Every time we do this, we vow to not bring anything extraneous into the house. I don't think we do buy or bring in things we don't need. But somehow our closets and corners get cluttery.

C4 will be home tomorrow, U-rah! He's been in the village with Babushka since last Saturday. Our family feels off balance with only three boys around.

I've been in a Creedence Clearwater Revival mood today.

A friend of mine was wearing her new stretch cord pants today. Oh, boy, am I envious. Can't wait to be able to have a normal changing room and find a pair of stretch cords that fit me. Last time I bought jeans (at the market here in Ukraine) I had a waist-high rack of clothes and a woman standing between me and the other shoppers as I tried them on. Definitely outside my comfort zone.

I watched Antwone Fisher last night, and took notes for movie night. Ugh. Very hard to watch the child abuse in it. Excellent conversation starter, though. The Denzel Washington character reminded me sooooo much of my Dad. (My Dad is a Navy officer in the medical field, and very mellow.)

I've been skimming through Martin Luther's Commentary on Galatians. You can also read it online.

R6 had his birthday on Monday. *grin* We did our little tradition of "Let me tell you about the day you were born. . ." R6 is so very sweet and very much my little Winnie-the-Pooh.

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February 25, 2005  |  Comments (15)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

Transitions and the TCK

Notes to self
from the essay Transitions and the TCK
by Jean M. Larson
From Raising Resilient MKs



Successful Adjustments: Four Cornerstones

1. Parental Relationships

    a. Worldview
    b. Relationship with each other
    c. Showing affection
    d. Problem-solving techniques
    e. Sharing responsibilities
    f. Leisure time

2. Child’s Perception of How He is Valued

    a. Key: not whether child is valued and loved, but whether child feels valued and loved.
    b. Love communicated, not simply loved
    c. Verbalize love
    d. Spending unhurried time (especially during the harriedness of transitions)
    e. Playing
    f. Listening
    g. Allowing child to voice opinions
    h. Involve child in decision making.

3. Child viewing what Parents are doing is valuable

    a. Perception of meaningful work
    b. Child understands need for adjustments

4. Practical and Persistent Faith

    a. “A parent’s persistent faith provides a hopeful perception of life for the child.”
    b. Balance: “God will provide.” And “God enables us to help ourselves.”
    c. Hope and transition


The Process: Children given the freedom and context to “process” the transition—talking, feeling, thinking, sharing with others, understanding, finding meaning in change, etc. Allowing children to experience and express feelings. Necessary to move into re-engagement stage.


Transitions: Five Phases

    Phase 1: Engagement
    Phase 2: Leaving
    Phase 3. Transition
    Phase 4: Entering
    Phase 5: Re-Engagement



RAFT Technique for Goodbyes

    Reconciliation
    Affirmation
    Farewells
    Think Ahead

Websites to Remember:

Families in Global Transition
Interaction International
MK Connection
Youth Compass
TCK World
MK Links

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February 25, 2005  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

Kiss Your Mama With That Mouth?

For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.

Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well.

Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.

So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!

And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.

For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race.

But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.

With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing.

My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.

James 3:2-10


This week's TableTalk devotions focus in large part on the tongue. Like last Lenten season, Sora is posting her daily What Comes Out of the Mouth reflections. I encourage you to take the time to check it each day for meditation.


Lord, help me please. . .

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February 23, 2005  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

To Live Content

"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony."

--William Henry Channing


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What Ezzo Says About Punishment. . .

This is the last of a four part series. Thanks to elcollins and Cheryl Tyler for compiling these quotes.


Guilt and Spankings: "A child knows when he has broken the rules, and his guilt continually reminds him of his violation. Guilt is the reminder of sin. Chastisement (Ezzo's term for spanking) is the price paid to remove the guilt thus [sic] free the child from his burden. If the parents do not remove the guilt, the child lives under the weight of sin. When an offense calls for chastisement, parents should chastise. If they substitute a lesser punishment, the guilt remains, and the child will suppress it. That, in turn, leads to more antisocial behavior." (GKGW p. 212)


Spanking, Chastisement and Punishment: Three chapters in GKGW are devoted to spanking with Biblical passages to support Ezzo's theory. The type instrument to use is described as: "a somewhat flexible instrument (that) stings without inflicting bone or muscle damage…if there is no pain, then the instrument is probably too light or too flexible" (p. 217). Children as young as 14 months are spanked with three to five swats (per incident); older children receive more (an ambiguous term that could result in abuse).


Spanking Toddlers: "75 to 80 percent of all spankings will take place between 14 and 40 months. The last 20 percent will come sporadically over the next ten years" (i.e. when a child is around 13 1/2 years of age) (Ezzo & Ezzo, 1997, p. 218).


Spanking and Pain: Ezzo claims that pain (of spanking) "plays a part in the developmental process." He explains that pain is the "natural outcome of wrong behavior," and it needs to be "artificially created" (p. 199).


"Chastisement" Tool: "A wooden spoon could possibly break fingers that get in the way, cause vertebral damage if struck too high, or damage skin tissue. Nor should we chastise with a instrument that is too flexible, such as a father's belt, a wire or any whip-like object. However, a somewhat flexible instrument stings without inflicting bone or muscle damage, since the flex itself absorbs much of the shock at contact. If there is no pain, then the instrument is probably too light or too flexible." In an interview, the Ezzos say they used a wood paint stirrer on their children, but that a rubber spatula would work fine, too.


Punishment during Potty Training
: “As a general rule, parents who have trained their child to first-time obedience have fewer problems in potty training than those parents who have not. If soiling continues to be a problem with a child who is over two-and-a-half years of age, hold the child accountable for his or her accidents. By that we mean the child should clean up himself or herself, plus the soiled clothes.” (Babywise II, p128-9)


Spanking Toddlers and Removing Guilt: (BBC Interview)
Paxman: Could you explain why it is that smacking is the only way to get a child aware of guilt?
Gary Ezzo: Get, get rid of his guilt?
Paxman: Get rid of a child’s guilt, yes.
Gary Ezzo: No, I can’t, because we don’t necessarily believe that in the context in which you’re presenting it. What we’re talking about is there’s got to be removal of guilt somehow. Smacking, as we’re talking about in young children, is one of the ways. To say it’s the only way is probably—well, that’s 1993, and this is 1999. There’s been like six editions since, so….


Ezzo on the Parent / Child Relationship: "Your task is to get control of the child so you can effectively train him." (GKGW)


Parent's Job or Holy Spirit's Job?: "The job of a parent is to transform the heart from what it is to what it should be." (GKGW p 308)


Christ's Work on the Cross Does Not Apply to Children: "We cannot make a true comparison between a child's disobedience towards his parents and the parents' disobedience toward God. God does not deal with us on the basis of what we do, but on the basis of what Christ has done. Someone had to pay the consequences in order to allow God's grace and mercy to be poured out. The price was pad in full by our mediator, Jesus Christ, at Calvary." (GKGW, p 317)


For more information, check out my GFI/Ezzo/Babywise archives and Ezzo.Info. Or join the discussion at AwareParent.Net or the Ezzo Board.


Part I: What Ezzo Says About Me. . .
Part II: What Ezzo Says About My Kids. . .
Part III: What Ezzo Says About Babies and Toddlers. . .
Part IV: What Ezzo Says About Punishment. . .


Update: Related conversations are continuing at Carol's Storybook, SandKsmamas Space, Wyatt's Torch, CJ's Thoughts, Happy2bMama, Batesline Blog, Anne's Cafe, Curious Goldie and more Goldie, Starbellys, Knitted in the Womb, My Bloggy Blog, Caroline, Spiritual Ingenue, Plum Crazy< and The Powers that Blog. And Hubby has quite a bit to say on Ezzo's Spanking Fetish.

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February 21, 2005  |  Comments (23)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

Lactating Mama's High-Calorie Granola Bars

Lactating Mama's High-Calorie Granola Bars

Two different quantities are listed for each ingredient - the first if if using a 10 1/2" X 15 1/2" jelly roll pan, the second is if using a 13" X 18" jelly roll pan.

4 or 6 cups oats
2/3 or 1 cup coconut oil (or melted butter for non-vegans)
1/2 or 3/4 cup honey, molasses, or maple syrup (or combination)
2 or 3 eggs or equivalent in eggs substitute
1/2 or 3/4 tsp. vanilla
1/2 or 3/4 tsp. salt
up to 1 or 1 1/2 cups of any or all of the following: shredded coconut, raisins, almonds, walnuts, pecans, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, chocolate or carob chips, and/or your favorite nuts/seeds/dried fruit.

1. spread oats on baking sheet and bake at 350' for 15-20 minutes to toast. can bake longer at lower temp or shorter at higher temp depending on your schedule. should be a nice golden brown when finished.

2. transfer oats to large bowl. add salt and any other chosen dry ingredients and mix to blend.

3. combine wet ingredients in smaller bowl, and mix until blended.

4. add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well.

5. press mixture into greased jelly roll pan of appropriate size (see above). you can also line the pan with parchment paper instead.

6. bake at 350' for 20 minutes. cool. cut into bars. store in refrigerator in sealed container.

*if using chocolate/carob chips either a)allow oats to cool before adding the chips to the mix or b)after pressing mixture into pan, sprinkle chips on top and press the chips into the mix.

*you can substitute additional honey/maple syrup/molasses for the eggs/egg substitute, but the bars are a bit more sticky and have less protein.

super yummy. lots of calories. lots and lots of oats.

(Via Atarah, posted here.)

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February 19, 2005  |  Comments (12)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

To Read Later: Covenant and Election

A url and reminder to myself:
Covenant and Election by Rich Lusk

Recommended by Kristen.

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Bits and Pieces

Ran the last load of dishes from Bible study/dinner last night--chili, cornbread, and layer cake with fluffy frosting and hibiscus jam filling.

Boys had Kraft Macaroni and Cheese that friends brought back from the States as a gift.

C4 packed his backpack to go to the village with Babushka.

Made chocolate chip cookies with chocolate chips that Carol sent us.

T7 cleaned my kitchen of his own initiative while I checked my e-mail.

We read more stories from D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths.

Found a copy of The Greenleaf Guide to Famous Men of Greece, that I forgot we owned.

Received a good, long e-mail from my Dad.

E-mailed a friend about last night's news program about Gary Ezzo, which was aired in Charleston where he now lives.

Participated in a meeting planning a conference about cults.

My friend Sasha came over for dinner and a visit.

Prepared chicken & rice and spinach & mushrooms for dinner.

Instead of finishing up the "What Ezzo Says. . ." series tonight, I'm responding to comments on the previous posts. Join in!

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February 18, 2005  |  Comments (6)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

Parenthetical Parenting Thought

I got to thinking about what I have learned in the way of parenting over the years and why I parent the way I do. I thought I would share some things here. Now, please do not take this as a judgement from me that if you do not do things "my way" you are wrong. That is not what I am saying at all. My children are not your children and they are each individuals - therefore I treat them and raise them as such. I am not looking down my nose at anyone on this issue. We do what we know and what we feel is best for our own children. --Leann


Over the past few days I've been mulling over how I want to state some of the ideas that Leann has shared.

Obviously, I'm outspokenly critical of Gary Ezzo and his parenting ideas. I want it to be plain that's what I am--critical of a set of ideas, or "philosophy" as Ezzo calls it--not critical of parents.

One of the things that saddends me most about the Ezzo materials is how proponents of the program are quick to blame the mother when the promised results of the program are not seen. If it "works"--then it is to the praise of the Ezzo books! If it doesn't, either the parents were not being consistent with the principles or they were being "too flexible."

I believe that when parents make decisions based on faulty premises, those well-meaning and loving decisions can still be harmful to their children. Gary Ezzo's ideas are medically and--dare I say it--philosophically flawed.

That's how devoted, loving mothers like CR can end up with a child with a serious attachment disorder. Or a spiritually strong pastor's wife like M, can come to a point where she realizes she's putting the Ezzo books ahead of The Book. Or a gung-ho breastfeeding advocate can end up with major milk supply problems and an infant losing weight. Or the mom who used the Ezzo materials for 10 years deeply regrets the impact these ideas had on her children as they got older.

Were any of these mothers less loving or less committed to their children? No! But they were making decisions based on unsound medical information and a set of ideas that goes against true Biblical principles.

Are there families who use ideas from Gary Ezzo and have wonderful kids? You bet! But I am convinced that the success they see is not due to these "principles" but directly due to having loving, involved, active parents and God pouring out his grace.

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February 16, 2005  |  Comments (30)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

What Ezzo Says about Babies and Toddlers. . .

This is the third of a four part series. Thanks to elcollins for compiling these quotes.

These quotes illustrate Gary Ezzo's attitude towards infants, his lack of understanding of normal childhood development, and tendency to turn normal growth and development into "moral" issues.


Uncooperative:
My three-week-old baby starts to cry one hour after his last feeding and appears hungry. I've tried to stretch his time but can't get him to go longer. What's the problem?

If baby is hungry, feed him. Then, spend some time investigating the probable cause of his uncooperative stance. Most often, a baby fails to make the 2 1/2-hour minimum (especially babies over two weeks of age) because the order of daytime activities is reversed. . . . But investigate why he is not reaching the minimum mark and start working toward it. (From the GFI Web Site)


Ezzo on Crying:
"Crying for 15-20 or even 30 minutes is not going to hurt your baby physically or emotionally, especially if the cry is a continual start-stop cry. He will not lose brain cells, experience a drop in IQ, or have feelings of rejection that will leave him manic depressive at age thirty." (See here.)

"When your baby awakens [in the middle of the night] do not rush right in. Any crying will be temporary, lasting from 5-45 minutes." (Speaking of babies 8 weeks and over)


Ezzo on When Not to Let Baby Cry
"When special situations arise, allow context to guide you.... You are on an airplane and your six-month-old begins to fuss loudly. You last fed him only two hours earlier. What should you do?.... The context and ethics involved require that you not let your baby’s routine disturb the flight for everyone else. Failing to act will bring stress both to you and to the rest of the passengers. Although you normally wouldn’t feed him so soon after his last feeding, the context of the situation dictates that you temporarily suspend your normal routine." (The inference here is that it is ethical to feed this hungry baby at two hours and not three hours ONLY because his cries will disturb others and stress out the mom?)

"You and your ten-month-old daughter are staying overnight in the home of a friend. She usually sleeps through the night, but this night she wakes at 3:00 AM. What is the morally correct action to take? Pacify the child and help her return to sleep. Yes, at home she may fall back to sleep in five minutes with a little bit of fussing or crying, but you’re not at home--you are a guest in someone else’s home, and your child is disturbing the sleep of others."

"Your life will be less tense if you consider the context of each situation and respond appropriately for the benefit of everyone." (Babywise II, p 21-22) (Please notice that the only time to tend to your baby before you want to is when it bothers other adults.)


Ezzo on Separation Anxiety:
"If you had a weekly date night with your spouse before the baby was born, continue that practice as soon as you can. . . A child does not go through separation anxiety when his mommy is with his daddy." (Prep p32)


Ezzo on High Chair Manners

"Moral training is a priority discipline. The moral self-control that keeps a child sitting in a highchair without fighting with mom is the same self-control that will later keep him at a desk with a book in his hand. The battle for right highchair manners is moral, not academic." (Babywise II, p10 for 5-15 month olds)

"Even at mealtime, be looking for training opportunities in order to avoid retraining. Don’t allow poor eating habits-- such as fingers in the mouth, playing with food, and spitting out food--to become a normal pattern of your child’s behavior. It only means correcting the child at a later date." (Babywise II, p44 - again for 5-15 month olds)

"It’s possible to train your child not to drop his or her food by giving immediate attention to the offense. First, correct the child verbally. Next, provide an attention- getting squeeze or swat to the hand, if necessary. Finally, isolate him or her in the crib.... If the child persists in the behavior (and some will), mealtime may be over and naptime might begin.... In the past, educators were concerned with parents who pushed their children too fast. Today, we are concerned with parents who don’t push their children enough." (Babywise II, P62)

"Included in the group of common highchair violations are: flipping the plate; dropping and throwing food; playing with food; placing messy hands in the hair; banging on the tray; standing in the highchair; arching the back; spitting 'raspberries'; screaming." (Babywise II, P61)

Four to six months: "He strings together several different sounds (badabadaba), and he blows raspberries." (A developmental action and a highchair violation?) (Babywise II, p 117)


Ezzo on Waking Up Happy
"Your baby’s disposition upon waking can be happy and content when you follow three basic rules.
Rule One: Mom, not baby, decides when the nap starts.
Rule Two: Mom, not baby, decides when the nap ends.
Rule Three: If your baby wakes up crying or cranky, it’s most often because he or she has not had sufficient sleep...If you leave the baby in the crib, even though the baby may fuss or cry, he or she will probably go right back to sleep (within ten minutes) for another rest period that extends thirty to forty minutes." (Babywise II, p 106, Preparation for Parenting, p130-1) (Wake up "happy" or cry. Naps are not based on infant cues or need to sleep, but mother's decision.)
For more information, check out my GFI/Ezzo/Babywise archives and Ezzo.Info. Or join the discussion at AwareParent.Net or the Ezzo Board.


Part I: What Ezzo Says About Me. . .
Part II: What Ezzo Says About My Kids. . .
Part III: What Ezzo Says About Babies and Toddlers. . .
Part IV: What Ezzo Says About Punishment. . .


Update: Related blogging at Yellow Porch, The Prattling Pastor's Wife, Rebbeca Writes, Powers that Blog, Keel the Pot and A Capable Wife. For a differing point of view, see My Three Pennies.

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Valentine's Day in the Cross Cultural Context

1 Corinthians 13 – A Guide to Culture

If I speak with the tongue of a national, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I wear the national dress and understand the culture and all forms of etiquette, and if I copy all mannerisms so that I could pass for a national but have not love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor, and if I spend my energy without reserve, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love endures long hours of language study and is kind to those who mock his accent; love does not envy those who stayed home; love does not exalt his home culture. Love is not proud of his national superiority.

Love does not boast about “the way we do it back home,” does not seek his own ways, is not easily provoked into telling about the beauty of his home country, does not think evil about this culture;

Love bears all criticism about his home culture, believes all good things about this new culture, confidently anticipates being at home in this place, endures all inconveniences.

Love never fails: but where there is cultural anthropology, it will fail; where there is contextualization it will lead to syncretism; where there is linguistics, it will change.

For we know only part of the culture and we minister to only part.

But when Christ is reproduced in this culture, our inadequacies will be insignificant.

When I was in America I spoke like an America, I understood as an American, I thought as an American; but when I left America I put away American things.

Now we adapt to this culture awkwardly; but He will live in it intimately; now I speak with a strange accent, but He will speak to the heart.

And now these three remain: cultural adaptation, language study, and love.

But the greatest of these is LOVE.

- Author Unknown


(Via Little Miss Reformed)

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February 14, 2005  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

What Ezzo Says About My Kids. . .

This is the second of a four part series. Thanks to elcollins for compiling these quotes.

Stevie is the name given to a hypothical child who is not raised according to Gary Ezzo's ideas, or is Attachment Parented. (Prep pp 29-30). (Ezzo's fictional characters change names, Marisa is another doomed child in Babywise.) These are just samples of how damaged poor Stevie is.

According to Gary Ezzo, my child is. . .

Self Centered: "...him to perceive himself as the center of the family"

"...their good intentions are fostering a sinful disability called me-ism or self-centeredness"

"Other people will simply not matter to Stevie"


Only a Taker
: "Stevie’s parents are training him to take but not to give...he will only become more intense in his desire to take. If he wants the swing, he will just push another child off because he has not learned patience"


Not Prepared for Life: "He will grow up ill-prepared for real life...will suffer in school and work...life for Stevie will become terribly frustrating."


Sinful and Willful: From the Growing Families International Web Site: "Shyness is not an acceptable excuse for disrespect."
"If someone says 'hi' to your child, the correct and minimal response should be 'hi.' Such a simple greeting is the minimum required."
"A child's failure to respond appropriately is not as much a reflection on his or her temperament as it is on the parent's conviction and resolve to honor age. The minor sin is the child's willful choice to ignore the adult; the major sin is the parent's dismissal of the need for such moral training."


Potentially Learning Disabled: "Couldn't many of the learning disabilities associated with a nonstructured approach to parenting be rooted in something as basic as the absence of continuous nights of sleep in the first year of life...?" (Neo-Evangalizing - On Becoming Babywise)

"If the child misses structured playtime, the repertoire of skills he might otherwise attain by these activities could be seriously delayed." (Babywise II, p74)


Biologically Damaged: "Attempts to minimize or block all crying can easily create stress rather than decrease it, especially in light of the fact that emotional tears carry away from the body chemically-activated stress hormones." (Neo-Evangalizing - On Becoming Babywise)


Fussy, ie. not a "good" baby: "..if you want a fussy baby, never let him cry, and hold, rock, and feed him as soon as he starts to fuss. We guarantee you will achieve your goal." (Neo-Evangelizing - On Becoming Babywise)


Insecure: "The measure of a child's security is never found in the presence of his or her parent, but in how well the child copes away from parents,"
[and similarly] "too often, children can't function outside the parent's presence, since their security is based on proximity, not relationship." (Neo-Evangelizing GKGW)


Emotionally Unstable: "The child has been so conditioned by immediate response [to crying] that he or she simply cannot cope with a delayed response. Now the child is emotionally fragile rather than emotionally stable." (Neo-Evangelizing GKGW)


Abnormally Dependent: "If anything, continuous close mother/infant contact produces abnormal mother/child dependency." (Neo-Evangelizing Prep)


Lacking Self-Control (or at least behind Ezzo children): "Because the desire for continual and immediate gratification begins at birth, the need for cultivating self-control in your child also begins at that point." (Neo-Evangelizing GKGW)


Lacking a Moral Foundation: "The foundations of moral training are laid early in life, and the cornerstone is discipline. Getting your baby on a routine and sleeping through the night are the results of basic discipline." (Note: A routine and sleeping through the night are equated with morality.) (Prep for the Toddler Years p84)

"Moral training is a priority discipline. The moral self-control that keeps a child sitting in a highchair without fighting with mom is the same self-control that will later keep him at a desk with a book in his hand. The battle for right highchair manners is moral, not academic." (Babywise II, p10)


For more information, check out my GFI/Ezzo/Babywise archives and Ezzo.Info. Or join the discussion at AwareParent.Net or the Ezzo Board.


Part I: What Ezzo Says About Me. . .
Part II: What Ezzo Says About My Kids. . .
Part III: What Ezzo Says About Babies and Toddlers. . .
Part IV: What Ezzo Says About Punishment. . .


Update: The conversation is continuing over at The Prattling Pastor's Wife, A Capable Wife, Le Sabot, Reasons Why and the AwareParent discussion forum.

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February 13, 2005  |  Comments (12)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

What Ezzo Says About Me. . .

This is the first of a four part series. Thanks to elcollins for compiling these quotes.


According to Ezzo, I am. . .

Not Parenting As A Christian: "Working from a biblical mindset and practicing demand-feeding can never be harmonized since the two are incompatible philosophies." quote is the 1993 Christianity Today article

“In their thinking, they are Christians up to a point...That creates a false dualism...the notion that there are sacred and secular sides of life” [Secular defined by Ezzo is parenting styles other than his] (Preparation for Parenting, p 18)

"Mothers who demand feed say they love their children because they tend to their every need. That is not biblical love; it's idolatry." (Prep) [Note that Mr. Ezzo says the idolatry is in meeting their needs, not wants]


Disobedient: “*find* a demand feeding baby and a demand feeding family–-ask yourself,..."Is this what we want from a child...*Look* at the child's behavior. *Listen* to the mother's excuses. Is *that* what you want? ... If you don't, come on over to routine, and see what routine can do for you and your family. Put yourself in a position to be blessed by God! ... By being obedient to Him, from the beginning. “ Quote from tapes


Ignorant: "Asked in a telephone interview if Christian mothers could, in good conscience, practice attachment parenting, Anne Marie Ezzo would only concede that such mothers could probably be excused for their ignorance." (from Neo-Evangelizing..)


Hurting my babies: "Of course you can hurt a baby by picking him up too much." (Prep pg 141)


Abusive: In reference to family bed "Emotionally, this method is passively abusive. It may create a state of abnormal dependency on the sleep prop to the point that the child actually fears falling asleep when transitioned to his own bed." (GKGW pg 72?)


In bondage: "There is a much better way than being in bondage to your baby's sleep needs." (GKGW pg 71?)


Negatively Submissive
: Feeding times are guided strictly by the single variable of hunger cues. (Cues include baby putting fist toward mouth, making sucking motions, or whimpering. Crying is a late signal of hunger.) The constant of time is not considered. The parents' role is to be submissive to hunger cues (Growing Families International Web Site)


Secular and Freudian: [attachment parenting is a] Neoprimitivistic school of child care (Prep 5th ed.. pg 42)


Self-limiting: AP bolsters a limited view of women (Prep pg 43)


Unfashionable?: Marsupial mothering is on the way out (Prep 5th Ed. pg 54)


Not Glorifying God: Anne Marie says something like "There is nothing glorifying to God about a baby with carrots in his hair" in Growing Kids God's Way Tape


Damaging My Child’s Intelligence: "During the 1970s, playpens were dismissed as a hindrance to a child's natural development. Today researchers know better. Playpens are necessary to help parents optimize their child's development. The most basic academic skills, sitting, focusing and concentrating, start in the playpen....The repertoire of skills a child attains through these activities could otherwise be seriously delayed if he misses out on structured playpen time." --Prep for Parenting, edition 5, p175-177 (note, Ezzo has provided no research to back his claims about "playpen time.")


Stupid?
: "When a baby cries and gnaws at his hands, we often assume he must be hungry and should be fed. There are many reasons babies cry, but it is amazing that hunger is the only reason the average person considers!" (pg 139) [Again, I don’t know anyone who automatically equates crying with hunger]

Evil: Ezzo is adamant in his advocacy of a parent-centered family structure, and conversely, he deplores, almost obsessively, the "evils...of child-centered parenting," (14) referring to it as "Satan's tool to destroy the family." (13) (From Neo-Evangalizing) (13= GKGW: Ethics for Parenting) (14=Prep for Parenting: A Biblical Perspective)


For more information, check out my GFI/Ezzo/Babywise archives and Ezzo.Info. Or join the discussion at AwareParent.Net or the Ezzo Board.


Part I: What Ezzo Says About Me. . .
Part II: What Ezzo Says About My Kids. . .
Part III: What Ezzo Says About Babies and Toddlers. . .
Part IV: What Ezzo Says About Punishment. . .


Update: Related blogging this week from Hubby, Carol, Jen N Tonic, PhotoGrove, Dina's Diary, Bloggy Blog, Reasons Why, Smart Christian, A Capable Wife, Knitted in the Womb and the AwareParent discussion board. Among Ezzo supporters are posts from Structrue For Babies (sic) and BabySchedules.

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Quote of the Day

I've always known I have exceptionally smart children--after all, my lost brain cells had to have gone somewhere.

-Jenn, Knitted in the Womb

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No, not THAT Orange Ukraine Website

After a meeting yesterday, Hubby and I went to one of our favorite coffee hangouts, the Fashion Cafe. The decor is great, they broadcast fashion shows all day long, they have two walls of English language books for sale, and they have some of the best cappuccino in town.

I was browsing through the business section of the Kyiv Post, when I came across this article,

American firm claims 'key role' in revolution

Rock Creek Cooperative says they helped coordinate online media for Orange Revolution, but gov't begs to differ…


Unfortunately, the Kyiv Post has gone back to paid subscription to read many of their articles online, including this one. In the last paragraph, however, our friend Dan at OrangeUkraine blog was mentioned!


Their [Rock Creek Cooperative] Orange Revolution site should not be confused with OrangeUkraine (www.orangeukraine.squarespace.com), a popular blog that teamed up with the Kyiv-based Internet portal Maidan (www.maidan.org.ua) to popularize the non-stop demonstration on Independence Square that began after the second round of presidential elections on Nov. 21.

Way to go, Dan--you're now recognized as the blogging power you are not just around the world, but also locally!

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February 12, 2005  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

Our Sick Boy is Fine, But. . .

We've lived in Ukraine over three years, and life here feels "normal." But I'm still ofen surprised, learning bits and pieces of the culture. Hubby wrote this up, after an interesting series of conversations with a dear friend this week:

One of the fascinating things about Ukraine are the medieval weeds that peek up unexpectedly through the concrete of modernity -- pagan remnants that Communism couldn't quite stamp out. It doesn't take long here 'til you can understand why vampire stories fit so well in the Carpathian Mountains.

For example, the cab driver who spent half an hour telling me about the rich Gypsy Baron who lives in a nearby town and the many, many ways Gypsies have of hexing you. Or the fetishism of the babushki kissing and praying to the bones of dead monks in the caverns of the Pecherskaya Lavra monastery. Or try getting a Ukrainian man to shake hands across a doorway.

One woman who's very dear to us finds curses every time something major happens to our family. The day after Calvin broke his arm a few months ago, she came to us and breathlessly explained the situation. It turns out, a neighborhood lady had given my children the evil eye while they played on the playground.

Now that Tennyson's had pneumonia, she's discovered why -- a twisted pin and piece of colored glass stuck into the back of our couch. These are apparently elements people use in curses here. She's right about one thing -- those things didn't randomly appear back there. Which leads to the creepy conclusion that someone else sharing the same superstition actually TRIED to curse us. And it's someone who comes in our home. Weird.

None of this is said in any disrespect of Ukraine or her people. It's just one of the interesting aspects of life here.

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Mail Goodies

The Amazing Grace DVD Set that I won from the Challies.Com giveaway arrived in the mail today. Woohoo! That was fast!

So, just a reminder to register for this month's prize and a quick plug for MonergismBooks--not just great resources, but fast and cheap shipping for international customers!

Can't wait to start watching these dvds. *grin*

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February 11, 2005  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

Good Reads for the Really Bad

Rebecca writes, Why I Love the Doctrine of Total Depravity. Tim joins in with Total Depravity: The Great Equalizer. Jared adds a bit of literary input from The Heiké Story. For more, check out Tulipedia.

For the corollary, check out Pastor Jolly's Journey Into Grace.

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February 10, 2005  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

For the Mommy-Encouragement Files

This whole vulnerable essay is worth reading, especially on days we’re really struggling. No one part can be pulled out and quoted, so go read the whole thing.

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February 09, 2005  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

The Fear of the Lord

Last week I read a couple of discussions focused on “the fear of the Lord.” I didn’t jump in, but did start humming one of Carolyn Hyde's scripture songs.


Then a few days ago I read Chris Donato’s article, Ancient Wisdom. This is how he explained Biblical fear:

“To begin with, to “fear” the Lord (or to have the “fear of God”) involved three aspects: First, the most obvious is that of emotional awe—to have faith, love, and trust in a holy God. Second, to fear God simply means that we must humble ourselves before the unchanging revelation of who He is in His Word. Third, fearing the Lord is a transcendent truth that can be instructed and committed to memory or pondered in the heart. This last point is important if for no other reason than to show us that no matter how many people do not fear God, it nonetheless endures. Thus, “fear of the Lord” refers to God’s eternal word, and it is this ageless inspiration from which wisdom flows.

“Fear” therefore, has little to do with pascifying an angry God; rather, it has to do with an expressie response of humility, trust, and love—this last effect, we are reminded by Jesus in Matthew 22:40, being that upon which “all the Law and the Prophets” depend. Again, biblical “fear” does not entail a robotic response to the legalist’s laws; it is humility and awe of the One who set before us “life and good, death and evil” (Duet. 30:15).

Using Jesus as the ultimate example, the fear of the Lord is the Son’s loving adoration that manifested itself in humble and meticulous obedience to His Father’s will.”

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February 09, 2005  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

February Challies Book Giveaway

Just in case anyone things the giveaways that Tim is hosting are a farce, I want to reassure you they are not. After all, I won in January! *grin*

Because I won in January, I feel weird about entering to win again. But since I want y'all to have the opportunity to get a copy of The Holiness of God and The Reformation Study Bible, my referral ID is 32607 and you can enter the drawing here:

Study Bible
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February 08, 2005  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

Envious Me

Carol and Andrea spent the weekend together. Kristen and Lenise visited each other, too. So, when am I gonna get to visit my blogging friends?

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February 08, 2005  |  Comments (8)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

Of Sea Monkeys and Magic Rocks

I had a healthy skepticism of commercially promoted toys when I was a kid. While some television commercials made an impact (I still drool when I see hot pizza on tv) I figured most toys were junk or overrated. What can I say? My folks were hippies.

Take Sea Monkeys. I never thought I'd get those cool looking, rainbow-colored, comic-book creatures from the ads. With only water and the "crystals" in your Sea-Monkey® kit, you will create INSTANT-LIFE®. Yes, singlehanded you will raise up the world's only living, breathing INSTANT-PETS® I figured at best, the brine shrimp might hatch.

Magic Rocks fell in the same category. Might look cool on tv, but come on, it's all hype. So when Uncle Shainey brought the boys Magic Rocks when he visited last summer, I put them on the shelf while the boys enjoyed the more immediate toys.

Last week, the boys brought the package of Magic Rocks to me and begged to try them. We've been homebound, with all the snow and cold. I figured the boys could use a little diversion (and extra "science.") I cautioned the boys that it might not work. . .

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But it did! The kids watched the crystals growing and took turns babysitting the jar as they formed. Tomorrow morning we're going to play around with making sugar crystals, rock candy. (Homeschoolers, check out more on growing crystals.)


Update on Sugar Crystals:
Perhaps our family is just not fated to succeed in making Rock Candy. When I was a child and tried it, it turned moldy. Hubby tried it, and started a kitchen fire. The batch the boys and I worked on has not resulted in any crystals--simply a trap for sugar ants. *sigh* Maybe next time. . .

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February 07, 2005  |  Comments (11)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

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"There was a time when empires were defined by land mass, subjugated peoples, and military might. But the United States is unique because we are an empire of ideals. For two hundred years we have been set apart by our faith in the ideals of democracy, of free men and free markets, and of the extraordinary possibilities that lie within seemingly ordinary men and women. We believe that no power of government is as formidable a force for good as the creativity and entrepreneurial drive of the American people.

Those are the ideals that invented revolutionary technologies and a culture envied by people everywhere. This powerful sense of energy has made America synonymous for opportunity the world over. And after generations of struggle, America is the moral force that defeated communism and all those who would put the human soul itself into bondage."

From President Ronald Reagan's 1992 Republican Convention Address

President Ronald Reagan would have been 94 today. He's left quite a legacy for the US, and I'll always be thankful for him.


Our friend Erik, back-up med care for when R5 was born, shares a birthday with the Big Man. So, if you're reading in San Angelo, Happy Birthday to you, too!


(Thanks to coyote for the birthday reminder.)

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February 06, 2005  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

Home with Brothers

T7 was tickled this morning when the doctor said he could come home today. Hubby bundled up the three other boys and met me at the hospital tonight. My heart felt so full seeing the reunion of all the boys and how excited they were to see each other. The boys vyed for seats next to T7 when we stopped at McDs on the way home. C4 kept saying, "You get to sleep with ME tonight!" And I was just so happy to see Hubby. It's good to be home and all together again.

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Berkhof on Reading the Psalms

"Lyric poetry contains, in the first place, an individual element. The poets sing of their own historical circumstances and of their personal experiences. This is quite evident from the superscriptions of the psalms. Cf. Pss. 3, 6, 7, 18, 30, etc. It is also apparent from the contents of many psalms. But these experiences, though personal, yet have a representative character. In the innermost recesses of his soul, the poet is conscious of his solidarity with mankind as a whole, and feels the pulse of the communal life of man. And the song that is born of this consciousness is a song which, in its crescendos and diminuendos, interprets the joy and sorrow, not only of the poet, but of man in general. And in view of the fact that this communal life has its fountain-head in God, the lyrical poet descends to still greater depths, or mounts to ever loftier heights, until he rests in God, in whom the life of humanity originates and who controls its joy and sorrow. Arising out of these depths, his song is, as it were, born of God.

"This general principle must be borne in mind in the interpretation of the psalms. They are in a sense universal, and transcend the personal and historical. The sacred singers are living members of the Church of God, and so are conscious of their unity with the Church as a whole that their songs also embody the praises and lamentations of the Church. And, as members of the church, they also feel that they are united to Him Who is its glorious Head, Who suffers for and with it, and is the author of its joy. This explains the fact that Christ is sometimes heard in the psalms, now singing a plaintive song, and anon raising up his voice in a paean of victory. Again, the life of the poet in union with Christ also has its fountain in God. Hence his song, which is also the song of the Church, finds its mainspring in God. The result of it all is that in some of the psalms, the personal experiences of the poet are most prominent; that in others the communal life of Israel and of the Church finds expression; and in still others, the humiliated and exalted Christ is heard. In all the psalms we have the deep background to which we referred, and the interpreter must beware of viewing them superficially. He should never rest satisfied until he hears in them the voice of his God. And the fact that, in God’s sight, the antithesis between sin and holiness is absolute, that He loves his Church but hates whatsoever opposes his Kingdom, will also explain the strong expressions of love and hatred that are found in the psalms."

From Louis Berkhof's Principles of Biblical Interpretation. Italics from the original. Posted especially for Kim.

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Everybody in the Band Appreciates Mom

"Brothers Max and Nick Reynolds, drummer Ben Brister, along with the not-pictured duo of bassist Scott Davis and Reynolds patriarch Reg, are Social Bliss, your friendly, neighborhood rock-alt-country-punk-cumbia-Tex-Mex-sometimes-even-blues-but-never- George-Strait band." --BuzzTexas.Com

Their mom is a friend of mine (and proud orange-scarf-wearer!)

I've learned a lot from both her and KatieKind (another musical mama.) I want to encourage my boys to be the people God created them to be, following their interests and developing their gifts. And I want our home to be a place where they feel safe when they are struggling.

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February 04, 2005  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

AAP: Breastfeeding

This week the American Academy of Pediatrics has released their updated policy statement on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk. Read the full statement here.


Update: Knitted in the Womb, Cuddles and Kisses, Uncle Sam's Cabin, Muslim Mother's Thoughts, and NeoBean, are also blogging on the updated AAP statement.

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My Baby is in the Hospital

As Hubby posted, our second son T7 has obstructive(?) bronchitis and pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital last night. Prognosis is good, but he needs to be in for several days.

We were at the state children’s hospital yesterday, and transferred to a private hospital today. (Don’t worry—both are clean. But one day we’ll tell you amusing stories about the State Hospital. . . *L*) I stayed with him last night, Hubby is with him tonight. Babushka has been with the other boys a lot (in fact, she was the one who realized he had more than a normal chest cold.)

T7 is a lot happier now that they have given him an IV instead of regular shots in the bum. He talked with brothers on the phone this evening and they were all happier after that.

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February 03, 2005  |  Comments (14)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink

 

 

PuppyWise

Suppose: A company called "Puppywise" sells as its principle product a device called the SDC: the Shock-Delivering Collar, which they recommend you use to housebreak your puppy.

A veterinarian and member of the respected AADT (American Association of Dog Trainers), Dr. Meany, becomes aware of a number of cases of over-aggressive dogs who were housebroken with this collar. He sends a letter of concern to the AADT signed by himself and over 100 other vets and animal care professionals. As a result, he is invited to write a commentary for the AADT Newsletter entitled "Puppywise linked to agression."

At the same time, the AADT releases a statement to the media reaffirming its long-held position that "collars which deliver shocks may lead to over-aggressive pets" and that "the best collars for puppies are those which are not electrified."

Which of the following statements, then, is most correct?
A) The AADT supports Puppywise
B) The AADT is neutral on Puppywise
C) The AADT is against Puppywise

Read the rest of the analogy from lmf3b.


Related Links:
AAP Media Alert: Scheduled vs. Demand Feeding
AAP Resolution on Infant Management Programs
Florida AAP Raises Concerns About Babywise
AAP Policy: Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk Updated Feb 2005!

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