Baby Spanking, Nature Walks, and Something in Life IS Free

I’ve been doing a lot of searching, surfing, calling, networking, checking and asking lately because of a major life change about to go down. Because it’s 10:15 p.m. and I feel too exhausted to actually explain that change at the moment, I’ll just post some interesting stuff I’ve come across over the past few days during this mysteriously motivated search. And I’ll describe the Life-Altering Event next time, I swear.

Tripp to Mars to Hit Your Baby?

Some members of our local moms’ groups are understandably upset over a guest coming to speak at the popular Mars Hill Church. Ted Tripp, author of the book “Shepherding a Child’s Heart,” will visit Mars Hill September 19-20 to give a two-day seminar on child-rearing. The Mars Hill website and church bulletin have been advertising this event, which will happen at the Ballard, Lake City, West Seattle, Shoreline and Bellevue campuses. Tripp is apparently a strong advocate of corporal punishment for children as young as 8 months old. An excerpt from the book, p.154 “When your child is old enough to resist your directives, he is old enough to be disciplined. Rebellion can be something as simple as an infant struggling against a diaper change or stiffening out his body when you want him to sit on your lap.”
And one more, p. 106: “Watch a baby struggle against wearing a hat in the winter. Even this baby who cannot articulate or even conceptualize what he is doing shows a determination not to be ruled from without. This foolishness is bound up within his heart. Allowed to take root and grow for 14 or 15 years, it will produce a rebellious teenager who will not allow anyone to rule him. The spanking process drives foolishness from the heart of a child. Confrontation with the immediate and undeniably tactile sensation of a spanking renders an implacable child sweet.”

If you have a problem with this, a group organizing to speak out against Tripp wants to know:

Itty Bitty Kick in the Arse

 Itty Bitty Autumn Camp: this is a cool idea from Jennifer Kakutani, local tot mom and naturalist. It’s a four-week program for parents and their tots ages 1-4 in Seattle’s amazing Discovery Park. Kakutani takes 10 families out to the park one morning a week and introduces them to the four habitats – leafy forest, cool pond, windswept meadow and shell-pocked beach – and the animals that live there. This sounds like a perfect program for moms like me, who in theory love the idea of exposing urban children to nature as often and as close-up as possible, but might not be motivated to lead an enthusiastic four-week program of song, art, stories and games on my own while simultaneously struggling to navigate a double jogging stroller-beast, ward off menacing clouds and organize snacks of crushed goldfish crackers and warm juice. Kakutani also did a summer group. Maybe she can even turn the months of winter rain into a natural learning experience? We’ll see…

 Get Your Money For Nothin’…

This idea is so Seattle, it’s Seattlesque. Seattle Free School, where people – regular folks like you and me – who are good at something (and we all apparently are) teach that something to others. For free. No commitment to sell Tupperware in a Ponzi scheme or any other strings attached. For the community, by the community. Does NOT accept cash donations, ever. Founded by DIYer Jessica Dally. Learn to plan a meal and shop for groceries on a budget, knit with plastic, play beach volleyball, and make mascarpone from a real-live cheese maker. And the list goes on. Children are welcome at almost every class, including, it seems, Anarchism 101 – oh wait they already took that in the womb.

One response to “Baby Spanking, Nature Walks, and Something in Life IS Free

  1. Thanks for the mention of the Mars Hill/Ted Tripp problem on your blog!

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