Day 23 - this generation
Today is the 2nd day of the 4th week, the 23rd day of the 1st month, the 23rd day of 2023, and:
Quote of the Day:
- Better Business Communication Day
- Maternal Health Awareness Day
- Measure Your Feet Day
- National Handwriting Day
- National Pie Day
- National Rhubarb Pie Day
- Paul Pitcher Day – this appears to be a Cornwall tradition to celebrate the conversion of St. Paul. Now why the do this by drinking ale, then destroying the empty pitcher, replacing it, and filling the new one with ale again has its roots in a rebellion against only being allowed to drink water during work hours. The traditional toast is “Paul’s Eve and here’s a heave!”
- Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day
“Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them”
~ PJ O’Rourke, American satirist and journalist
Got to talking with my daughter about differences in child-rearing on Saturday as chaos swirled about us – both of my granddaughters [7 and 9] were definitely having a day. She and I have had this discussion many times in the past and will again in the future, I’m sure, because our ways of child rearing are very different. It is my contention that every parent who raises their kids thoughtfully [rather than just reacting instinctively] does so differently based on the experiences they had as a kid. I certainly raised my son and daughter very differently from the way I was raised, so forgive me if I am extrapolating from my own experience and widening the application of what I did to others. In my defense, the theories of child rearing have changed and evolved through the years, and current parents would reject the original 1940 version of Dr. Spock’s Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care however much they rely on today’s 10th edition. .
Fact of the matter? The former point of view was that infants/toddlers/kids were unformed and therefore needed to be trained to fit in the world. Now when I put it like that, it still sounds like common sense to me – humans are born feral and have to be taught to civilized. But my daughter’s point is that you train animals, you develop humans, taking into consideration their feelings and emotions. But no matter how you do it, the goal is for your kids to grow up to be happy healthy adults and there just isn’t a reliable road map on how to get there, so every parent in the world is navigating the best that they can. And this is why every grandparent listens to their kids who have kids and thinks “my goodness, I don’t know what I would do if I had to raise my kids today!”
SRSLY, after all these thousands of years, customer service STILL hasn’t come up with a manual? .