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*THIS* Close

I am *THIS* close to being done with school for this year, and that means I have a lovely 4-week break ahead of me to try my best to enjoy the holiday, and somewhat recuperate before being thrown into my next class. You know what that means don’t you??!!! You should be seeing more of me here on the blog in the very near future. Hopefully I’m not lying to you. I do miss it. I really do. And you know you miss all my updates or rants, whichever you get lucky enough to receive. 😛 In other news, I am officially in Christmas-time hell over at my house with the impending stress of the holiday, the lack of preparations I have made, and trying to wrap up this class, while still trying to seem all “awesome mom” through it all anyways.... read more

Being Bad: Breaking Social Norms

Last week in Sociology, I had to perform a social experiment by breaking a social norm, and then write about my experience. This is what I ended up with… Enjoy! Social norms are rules that govern behaviors within society by establishing standards of conduct (Kendall, p. 72). Sociologist Talcott Parsons theorized that social norms are necessary in society to help dictate our interactions with people (2011). Through these day-to-day interactions we learn what behavior is expected of us – how to dress for specific occasions, proper hygiene, manners, language that is appropriate in conversation, etc. These rules help us differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable behaviors in any given situation. My plan for the experiment was to meet two of my girlfriends at our local mall, have a drink and some dinner, and formulate a plan on how to break a social norm. I decided to bring along my friends for support, and to hold me accountable, so that I didn’t back out of the experiment. I struggled with the idea of performing the experiment, which had less to do with actually breaking a social norm, and more to do with having to acknowledge the reactions of people around me. On the night of my experiment my anxiety levels were exceptionally high. I felt nauseous, tightness in my throat, heated, and my heart raced. As we ate, we discussed possible scenarios. I considered some of the class suggestions, along with staring, breaking into dance and using a phone app called iFart to fake a bodily function, among the more ridiculous. In theory, all these ideas sounding very interesting; I wanted to be that person who could perform the experiment from a completely scientific place and be unfazed by the implications of it, but the reality of performing the experiment by breaking even a mild social norm seemed overwhelming. I reached a point in my evening where I came to the conclusion that I wouldn’t be able to do it. Why was this so hard for me? It actually isn’t that uncommon for me to break social norms. Quite regularly I talk very loudly in public, especially when I am excited, and sometimes about topics that could be deemed socially inappropriate. Other times I have been known for nursing my toddler in public, yet even the idea of doing those things with the conscious purpose of getting a reaction seemed an impossibility. It became clear that there is a stark difference... read more

T.I.R.E.D.

I’m feeling a little burnt out. This seems to happen to me when I’m taking a class, and since I am currently looking at just a 1-week break before I start my Genetics and Evolution class, and then will be juggling that along with my Intro. to Sociology class starting the week after… I’m not expecting to feel less so than I do at this moment. The blog is suffering, I know. My posts are infrequent,  and I feel like most of what I write is complete crap, just trying to go through the motions to get it done and over. Just another thing on my to-do list, and I am happy when it is no longer there. Tonight, I had planned to try and post this week’s Peek at My Week post, but you know what? I’m tired. Really tired. There are no words to describe the level of crazy that Addison had in her tonight, like a child possessed. No words. My nerves are still frazzled from dealing with her. So, I’ve promised myself that I won’t post unless I really feel like posting, however infrequent that may be. That is... read more

Some Insight From My Boy

In bed last night, I was reading the book, Maybe you should fly a jet! Maybe you should be a vet! with the kids and Haden said that he wanted to be a writer when he grew up. So, I asked him if he could write a book about anything, what would it be about? His response… “I would write about all my thoughts. I’d write all the stuff in my head, about bad days, and good. You know I have a really awesome life?! I’ll blog like you.” He made me smile and laugh, but it seemed strange to me that he associates me as being a blogger since I don’t really see myself that way or ever self-describe myself as one. After all this time, (It has been 2 years!) & 154 published posts (Umm…wow.When did I do that?), it may be time I start taking myself more seriously. Or not. 😛  I do none-serious pretty... read more

Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief

  I have been steadily working my way through the book, Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief, since it was recommended to me by a friend after my post To the Non-Religious: How do you talk about religion with your children? I have really been enjoying the book so far, and I was happy to find at the end of each chapter, lesson plans/activity ideas to do with your children, along with additional resources like books and websites. It has worked out rather nicely for me since I bought the eBook, I have printed out the ends of each chapter to use, so that I can start working them into our homeschool. The activities range in age appropriateness, but there is something for the littles and up. My newest notebook is now separated into 9 different sections: The Inquiring Mind Ethics The Religious World The Physical Self Positive Living Celebrating Life Life & Death Creating Community Recommended Films   I’m excited to get started! As we begin working them in, I will try to come back and blog about the ones that I liked the most. 🙂... read more

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