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Number of Pages: 144
Publication Date: 2006
|Dimensions: 11 X 8.5 (inches)|
Series: Christian Gentleman's
Lessons in Responsibility for Boys, Level 2 (Ages 8 and Up)Pearables / 2007 / Trade Paperback$16.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Lessons in Responsibility for Girls: Home Economics for Home Schoolers, Level 2 (Ages 8 and Up)Pearables / 2002 / Trade Paperback$16.49 Retail:3 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character... in You and Your Kids!Scott TuranskyRandom House / 2002 / Trade Paperback$10.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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Jen BMemphis, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Good, with reservations....July 17, 2013Jen BMemphis, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I got this for use with my (then) 7 year old son. I had been looking for a manners/responsibility type curriculum and hoped this would fit the bill. There is a lot of good content in here- but I wanted to point out a particularly troubling lesson that I certainly had a good laugh over, as well as a problem with. Let me begin by saying that I am not a feminist. I support traditional roles in marriage, am a stay at home mom and defer to my husband when it comes to major decisions. I am raising my son to respect women and girls because I want him to consider them as someone's mother and future brides, and it's just the right thing to do. Here's the rub. The lesson on "Responsibility and Your Sister" actually says the following:
"As a young boy, you need to understand that your sisters are much different than you are. As a boy you are to be responsible for your sister as her protector. Ben has one sister who is older than him, but he does the best he can to take care of her. He as found out that she is much more FRAIL THAN HIS BROTHERS. She HURTS HERSELF if she plays as hard as boys do. She used to try to keep up with them in sports, but she BROKE TOO MANY BONES and had to quit."
It goes on to tell the importance of treating girls with respect and never hitting a girl, and how girls are different emotionally than boys. I just thought it was a terrible thing to imply that the girls were FRAIL and BROKE BONES. In our community, the sports are all co-ed at this age. The girls are typically taller than the boys and more robust, certainly not frail little china dolls. I don't want my son to be gentle with girls because the thinks they are weak, but because it's respect- not superiority that should guide his interactions. I understand as boys and girls near adulthood that boys are typically physically stronger than girls, and boys will typically outweigh girls in their teens as well, but this is geared toward 6-10 year olds. It just really burned me up.
There are some other great things in this book about how to honor God in decisions regarding TV, your time, how you treat your friends etc. Just ignore this lesson and enjoy the rest.
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