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In many parts of Africa you can tell who the chi-chi, educated moms are by how closely they monitor their kids. Most village moms are like, "whatever." It takes a village, you know. You just assume someone's going to look after your child while you're pounding manioc.

So most of my friends now are parents and I'm just always amazed at how stressful parenting is here. Maybe it's life in Washington DC, home of ex-valedictorians. I can't believe that people are competing for their kids to get into pre-school, for heaven's sake. I guess parents hear all the info on percentiles, etc. and they assume that that's the norm rather than the average. I have a good friend here who's reflexively apologetic for her twin girls, who were preemies and have some health problems. But they're thriving, bright young ladies, and she has nothing, nothing to be sorry for.

Speaking of thriving, bright small fry, I've been called to teach in the Primary. Faithful readers may recall my previous adventures with the Sunscreams, er, Sunbeams in Little Rock. Now I'll be teaching (*drum roll please*) the Moonbeams.
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On August 23rd, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
I think it would be much easier to raise children in a village. Being super single, I can't imagine children in my life right now, and I feel more and more strongly that if they happened to me, that I would want to raise them outside the US.
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On August 23rd, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
There's always "the nanny factor" too. :)
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On August 23rd, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC), 13oct commented:
Interesting insight of yours regarding parenting styles. I am one of those hyper paranoid parents... and my mother and my mother in law keep telling me to chill. LOL guess it's a generation thing for them.

Regarding the the Moonbeams - you poor thing! You have my complete and utter sympathy. Hope this one is easier on you!
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On August 24th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
We'll see - I'll be dealing with sophisticated city toddlers!
On August 24th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
wowee. good luck. where do they get these names? that made me laugh out loud. hopefully it will bring me good vibes in sleep land as i go to process everything for tomorrow's exam. ah.
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