Thursday, July 9, 2009

And here is where I discover that we're weird...

"...have never attended a day of school. They've never known a neighborhood friend. They sleep together in the same room. And the only outsiders they know are strangers their father would bring in to entertain them."

-as posted on the New York Post site about Michael Jackson's parenting choices for his children before his death.

The article goes on to quote those in the know about how kind, confident and responsible his children are. So, we appreciate the "end" but can't find it in ourselves to validate the "means" of getting there.

I know a little bit about that. *wink*

14 comments:

Brenda said...

Ha! I read that same article!!! Imagine the horror of it! Children can grow up well-mannered and self-confident this way?

missy said...

Ha! Now I can say I'm raising my kid like a rock star...

:)

sara said...

Oh GB, I know your kids have SOME friends. ;-)

Sue said...

Oh, no! We must be wierd, too. Who knew?

jan said...

So true....

Heather said...

With the exception of the boys and the girl sharing the same room, their upbringing doesn't sound too different from many evangelicals. Aside from the strange attire, that is. For all of his shortcomings, MJ seemed to have his children's best interests at heart. I hope whoever gains custody of his kids will have that conviction as well.

HsKubes said...

I find that frequently true... that many people have kind words and praise to say about our children's manners, character, etc..., yet, the method of achieving the very thing they praise is so often scrutinized.
So glad we're weird, too! ;o)

~ Christina
p.s. I posted the lyrics of the plague song. ;o)

Madeleine said...

AH!

I have found that weird is actually a good thing. And I really have been trying to make my children as weird as possible. ;)

Or in our lingo...as kind, well mannered, considerate and holy as possible.

Charree said...

I really like your new look and the picture on the top.

Have a blessed weekend!
~Charree

Madeleine said...

PS, I really like your new picture, it goes so perfectly with your music.

You have impeccable taste in music. Oh how I enjoy popping in here and getting a good dose of peace.

OH! And I have discovered that someone killed my blog, and no one can get on it; for quite a few weeks now. :( I may start a new one, for I am a computer ignoramus.

chili pepper said...

Gee this is so tough for me. We are definitely "weird" as you say. And I am proud of it. There is not a person that has anything but praise for the way our weird kids are turning out. Even our lost family who were very skeptical at first now sends other people to us to learn how their kids can be like ours.

I take no credit mind you, it is by the work of my blessed Savior and with His guidance.

The hard part for me is to be compared to Michael Jackson. Who I do not believe did one thing to honor God in all his years. I can not imagine how anyone can say he had Children's best interests at heart when you consider he most likely used children for his own perverted desires. I was shocked at the number of conservative Christians who sang his praises at his death. How sad that they failed to stand apart from the lost world.

Sorry, that is my little soap box for today.

Anyway, I popped over here because my daughter Brianna is a huge Narnia fan and has been visiting with your daughter. She was impressed by your testimony that Lucie shared of your conversion from an Atheist to a believer and told me I might want to pay you a visit. She was right. You have a lovely family and if it is ok with you I will stop back again as time permits.

Kat

Grafted Branch@Restoring the Years said...

Good point, Kat. I didn't mean to imply honor for Jackson but just found it ironic that so much of what the secular news source said about his "ways" in raising his children might be said about us as well.

I do stop short though, of condemning Jackson. His life, sins, guilt or innocence, faith, failures, strange behaviors, tortured childhood, etc. are nothing I could possibly make an informed opinion about. I don't trust any of the players who had an opinion! Thankfully, his judgment is in the hands of God alone.

Blushing hostess said...

Even the Kennedy children were home-schooled...

Elise said...

I read this to my husband back when you first posted it, but I guess I forgot to comment! :D I had read this article at the New York Post, and then read your perspective over here and said, "We do too!"

I was cornered on Sunday by an older gentleman who wanted to inform me that the one thing wrong with homeschooling is the fact that the kids don't get to experience the "hardship of reality." I was stunned. (Usually, I hear the social aspect as the problem!) I turned to my two beautiful boys standing quietly in line for potluck and then back to the gentleman and said, "What do you think of my boys?"

He raved on and on about how "magnificent" they are and how he and his wife were talking and wondering just how we did it. :)

Just sayin'.