Well, I just finished reading a most wonderful book:
The Wonder of Girls: Understanding the Hidden Nature of Our Daughters, by Michael Gurian
This book really gets into what makes teenage girls tick. Two main themes stick in my mind:
- There are solid scientific reasons why girls act the way they do, based on hormones and other things that affect the way they think, feel, and do what they do.
- Society has let feminism go a little too far in some ways, telling girls that they should not only be as good as boys, but be like boys, damaging girls’ nature of who they truly are.
Many elements covered in this book help me better understand my daughter and other youth women. I highly recommend it!
Well, it’s Tuesday, so we experienced Taco Tuesday for dinner this evening. We do something a little different, in that we offer choices for dinner. For example, for Taco Tuesday, we have BOTH hard taco shells AND soft tortillas, and we have BOTH ground beef AND chicken strips. And, then we have all of the fixins laid out, including lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream and taco sauce. It’s basically a self-serve taco bar. Some family members only like certain things, and others have a couple different things because they like variety.
We do something similar when we have pasta for dinner. We only have one type of pasta. However, we have BOTH marinara AND Alfredo sauces, and we have BOTH powdered Parmesan AND shredded cheddar cheeses. Sometimes we have meatballs, onions, or mushrooms on the side for anyone that wants them. So, it’s like a self-serve pasta bar. Again, some family members pick very specific things, and others have half a plate of one variation and half a plate of another.
I sometimes wonder, is this normal or unusual, good or bad? It’s definitely good for getting the children to eat, as each one chooses what he or she wants. But, is it bad to allow them to be picky by having choices for dinner?
Family traditions are important to children. It gives them a sense of belonging and something to pass on to their children.
Every St. Patrick’s Day, for the last 14 years, we have started the day by reading Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. All the while, we actually enjoy a plate of green eggs and ham!
If you have a child, then you probably already have the book. If not, then you can get it here:
Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books)
For the dish, we just scamble some eggs, mix in some chunks of ham, and stir in a little green food coloring.
What St. Patrick’s Day family tradition do you have?