Aargh! I gotta break this post up because it's too long again!
I'm surprised anybody on here actually gives a shit!
It's probably just somebody trying to doxx me, or more likely, some governmental agent trying to gather evidence against me; but I'll bite – I have nothing to hide! That doesn't mean I still don't highly value anonymity! Anyway, I believe you are an user who is actually curious; and that is a rare enough commodity in this world that I am willing to entertain it and share some of the wisdom I have gained. First off, I just gotta say, if you think I sound a bit paranoid; well, that has been cultivated through many years of being a single father in America. When my girls were young I got followed home from the store by old ladies who thought I had kidnapped my own children because no woman was around. I've had people call the cops at water resorts, campgrounds, parks, my own home, etc., just because I am a tall imposing male figure with two small girls. You single mothers out there have no fuckking idea what it is like to be a single father in today's society! You have never been ordered to lay on the ground spread eagled in front of your children with several guns pointed at you for doing nothing more than taking a walk in the park with your kids! That being said, I will try to address some of your queries…
what have I taught my daughters?
That would take a number of years to express, but suffice it to say I have taught them much about History, and the history of societal structures and social norms throughout history. Much knowledge can be gained in this way, since humans seen to be quite forgetful of lessons already learned in a previous age. I never allow knowledge to be accumulated from only one source or from only one viewpoint. I want my kids to form their own viewpoints; even if they are different from mine. As far as politics goes, I am very open and honest, and yes they disagree with me, but they are yet young! Perhaps 8 years of Trump will bring them around! I hope it will bring us all around! Not sure where it will bring us around to, but I look forward to finding out! I realize my answer is less than satisfactory, but I do what any parent worth their salt would do – I prepare my children for life in this day and age the best I can, and I arm them with the information, knowledge and skills that will allow them to cultivate wisdom on their own.
the act of learning itself. What do I mean?
This is why I home schooled. In public schools children are not taught how to learn anymore. In fact, learning is not encouraged at all! Regurgitating specific crap is what is expected, and your grade and transcript depend upon it. Opinions contrary to those espoused by the teachers are highly discouraged, and conformity to social structures and political correctness is almost mandatory. Learning anything real is secondary to learning how to tow the line and stay within the boundaries of 'proper' social behaviors and 'proper' thinking. Learning how to learn fore goes these limiting factors on actual learning, and goes right to the process of learning itself. Learning is less about what one learns than it is about the process whereby one learns! This can be an open or closed process. I obviously prefer a more open approach.
you said it! Channers make great parents!
teenage girls. Experience.
Yeah, there really is no other way. Experience will be your only guide. There ain't shit I can tell you that would prepare you for what a bunch of teenage girls are like. I can't even describe it! Suffice it to say that I never had sisters so I was completely unprepared, and I doubt that even if I had had sisters I would have been prepared! No one can be!
examples of open honesty. Am I less than forthcoming about certain things supposedly necessary to keep from children?
In a word:
There are no taboo subjects with my kids and I do not mince words. They know more about a lot of subjects than most of their friends and have had to even help some of their friends understand what was happening to them during their first menstruations, because their stupid-ass parents were too reluctant to have real conversations with them about supposedly 'taboo' subjects! We don't have any taboo subjects in our family. I treat them like humans; not like children, and certainly not like property. Sure, when they were younger than teenagers I kept certain shit from them; but only because they would not understand and had no curiosity in those areas!