An impromptu blog carnival started by Ronnie based on a post by Flo. Got all that?
Traditional parents look at weltanschauung unschoolers and only see crazy levels of indulgence, a constant flow of socially unnormal behaviors! Oh, dear God! Yes. That's right. I'm that dad. I truly understand that from a traditional perspective it's crazy because traditional American child-rearing is all about control. I'm not. The phrase "my kids" is not the conceptual equivalent of "my bicycle."
My kids are practically adults now but even when they were younger, they would:
Stay up til all hours or even all night, because I'm that dad.
Eat whatever, whenver they want, because I'm that dad.
Watch R-rated movies, because I'm that dad.
Use all the interesting words English has to offer, because I'm that dad.
Do dangerous things, because I'm that dad.
Hold hands and hug me in public, even as older teens, because I'm that dad.
I'm that dad because they are those kids, bright, eager, interesting, and still fully possessed of their never-lost sense of wonder at this incredible universe.