See? I told you I’m still alive 🙂 It’s Scholarly Saturday again, so let’s get right to it! I don’t really have a theme for my links today, just a bunch of good stuff
We’re starting with the heavy stuff here. Bullying is a really serious problem. I think many parents, school administrators, and other adults don’t understand how serious it is. In their day, bullying meant that an unpopular girl with glasses got called a nerd or some boys would beat each other up. It wasn’t good, but it wasn’t insidious, it didn’t happen to everyone, and the kids who got teased or pushed around turned out fine in the end. The “game” has changed. These days the unpopular girl isn’t called a nerd, she’s called awful swears that I value my readers too much to repeat. And this is placed online where the world can read it and at least one copy will exist forever. The boys who fight after school bring knives and guns now. Kids go to the hospital over this stuff and sometimes they don’t come back. I also want to make it clear that most teachers know this is a serious and continually escalating problem. They’re on the front lines of these wars. It’s the office people (who are usually in charge of the ultimate discipline) who are out of touch with this. It’s the parents of bullies, who after learning that their kid is a bully don’t react strongly. They think things are still how they were years and years ago. It’s time for people to learn that even “small stuff” isn’t small. It isn’t okay. I’m so glad that Mr. Koyczan was able to put his pain into such powerful, amazing words. Please watch this and do what you can in your circle of influence to remind others to be kind. To be compassionate. To not lose their sense of wonder and love. Do what you can to remind others that all people should be safe from this kind of evil. I’m done with the soapbox now, you can have it back 😛
Let’s lighten it up a bit, shall we? These things are just truly hilarious. I think my favorite
so far is “On a scale of fake pockets to nachos, how good is your idea?” That’s a spectacular scale 😀
I loooooooove secrets rooms and passageways, so this link makes me jealous. So many super cool places! I’d say my favorites are the Narnia wardrobe and the secret pub.
I love this letter so very much. It makes me want to have a pre-teen kid right now so I can share this with them. It’s insightful, beautiful, and absolutely true. When I was 17, I had a boyfriend I was sure I was going to marry. Obviously I loved him very much. There was a day that I got into a bit of an argument with one of our mutual friends because he insisted we were all too young to know what love even was. To this day that line of thinking infuriates me for two reasons; first, I’ve grown up with love all around me. I’d have to be incredibly dense to not know what love is. That can be chalked up to different life experiences though, so that doesn’t bother me too much. What does bother me is that he was using his life experience to mentally invalidate mine. I wish at the time I had had Steinbeck’s beautifully crafted letter to cite in support of young love. If you find yourself in need of uplifting words, follow the link.
Although I don’t have kids of my own yet, parenting styles are always fascinating to me. I guess it started as wanted to be prepared for when I do have kids or as having heard a term and wanting to know what it means. But at this point I read parenting articles mainly because I find it interesting to see how other people tackle a very old task (raising kids) in entirely new ways. This is a perfect example of that. If you’re pressed for time, the main point of the article is that running your family like a business complete with meetings and mission statements can make your family run smoother and therefore happier. It certainly makes sense to me and I look forward to testing it myself 🙂 Until then, my best endorsement is to say that the theory is sound.
That’s all I’ve got for today! Be sure to let me know in the comments if there was a link that particularly resonated with you. Thanks for reading and stay lovely!