Why We Home School Our Kids (Guest Post) Why We Home School Our Kids (Guest Post)

If you bumped into me on the street, you probably wouldn’t assume I had any kids. Not only do I have kids, I now have five kids, and we are home schooling each and every one of them. I wasn’t home schooled myself, and I came from a family where my father was a dentist and my mother was a public school teacher. My sister and brother-in law are teachers as well. And yet here I am, one of the biggest home school advocates there is. In this post I will share with you why.

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Optimus Prime is the real villain?

I have never been a huge tv watcher and still don’t watch very much by myself. However I have 2 sons who enjoy watching tv, specifically anything involving super heroes. There is a lot of selection out there for them to watch. Marvel has its own set of cartoons from the X-Men to Avengers. DC comics has Batman, Green Lantern and the Justice League and then there is everything else. Most of this stuff I watch with them to get an idea of what they are watching but also to monitor the violence factor. It is some what amusing to see how it varies from show to show. There are actually some shows that focus on story line and entertainment value then violence. I imagine that some of these shows are written with parents in mind (kind of like Sesame Street). This definitely makes some of them worth watching for parents (particularly fathers who read these comics and watched the cartoons when they were young).


The story lines and entertainment in most of the shows is quite good. There are quite a few elements of the discussion of morality and why they are fighting for the causes they are. What struck me was that the show Transformers Prime seemed to me the most conflicted of all shows. When you hear about what the back story is to why the war between the Decepticons and the Autobots even started you really have to question who is the bad guy and the good guy. The story is that Megatron is a Spartacus type character who fights as a gladiator for the people. He eventually wants to be political and return the power of the council to the people. The council disagrees with this and empowers Optimus Prime to fight of Megatron.

The story continues that the people (Transformers) back Megatron and eventually over throw the government but not with out there being so much damage to their home world (Cybertron) that it dies. The government supporters flee, this is the Autobots and go to earth. They tell the people of earth that they are refugees and seek an alliance. A bit later the Decepticons come earth and never really show themselves to the locals and instead want to harvest Energon from the planet. They are instead attacked by the Autobots who want to deny them this energon and the war more or less continues. In fact there have been a couple of episodes where Megatron tries to leave or atleast have some kind of truce.

I could continue on this subject, but it seems to me that while the Autobots are portrayed as the good guys I think it is a bit more nuanced then that. The two sides are essentially fighting for the same thing they both want Cybertron restored and try to do it in their own way. This is why this show is so good, there are multiple levels of thought built in to it. I wonder whether the show writers did this intentionally or whether it was an accident. All the seasons of Transformers Prime can be found on Netflix.

Sugar is not the problem


Early one morning I was watching a news program and they were interviewing some doctor who had written a book about sugar and essentially blaming it for why americans are so over weight. He said that it had the same effect on the brain as cocaine and our bodies desire it. In fact withdrawal is very tough for people if they stop eating sugar. Granted I can agree with him on the whole notion that sugar is addictive and yes there is just something about eating some sugary that makes you happy. However what I find some what hard to swallow is that it is the reason why americans are over weight.


I have not read the mans book on why exactly he says all that but I am sure it does go into more nuance then just saying sugar will make you fat. Cause we all know that that is just silly. The reality is much more simple then sugar. To me it is three fold, Americans don’t get a lot of physical exercise. We drive every where we go and when we get home after a long day of activities we sit in front of the tv and veg. Hey I do it too. Second Americans over eat. Everything we do contains food, you go to a get together there is food, you go to work and some one bring in donuts and the list goes on and on and on. Speaking of donuts, yeah we eat too much junk food. This is cause its good and tasty and it is everywhere. How can you not partake????


Now there are plenty of other things you can tag on to this whole list but to me most of those things are largely side effects and not causes. The way I came to this conclusion was that I wanted to lose weight and I started to experiment with only eating about 4 meals a days, no snacks and working out 4 days a week. This led me to lose 15 lbs in about 2 months. I ate enough to get full and then would walk away and chew some gum or drink some water to fill in the gaps. I also did some weight lifting and run about 20 -30 minutes during my work out. Nothing fancy. I have kept this up for about 5 months now and have not gained any weight back.

This work out and eating regimen led me to the conclusion that it isn’t sugar that is the problem it is basic over eating and not getting any exercise that leads to being over weight.