It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Interview Meme

I’m sure many of you have seen the meme which involves interview questions. A blogger picks someone to interview, sends them five questions, and then the person interviewed is to do the same. I’ve had opportunity to do this meme before, but didn’t, because I’m too lazy busy* to think up five questions for five people.

However, when Stephen asked if he could interview me, with no obligation to continue the meme, I agreed, particularly once I saw his questions. He’s a smart man, my Stephen: these are fascinating questions, and will be fun to answer!

They are also not simple questions. There is no way I can do full justice to all five in one post – unless you all are willing to read a small book masquerading as a post. So, what I’m going to do is answer one each Saturday for the next five weeks. I’ll tackle the first question on June 9.

Curious? Here are the questions:

1. Describe a parenting goal that ought to be universal. No matter what part of the world you live in, regardless of your worldview or socio-economic status, this is a goal that all parents share in common — though they may never have thought about it.

2. Allow me to introduce this question with an anecdote. I had the privilege of watching you homeschool your children. I had no biases about homeschooling, pro or con, but I was amazed by the method you used. After a month or two had passed, I asked, “But when do you school them?” I was expecting formal instruction of some kind and it wasn’t happening — not that I ever saw. But your method (what method?!) worked: when your children entered the school system in grade four or five, they were equal to or ahead of their peers academically.

The answer to my amazement is found in your philosophy of care. It states, “Every interaction is a learning opportunity.” I know from observing you how subtle the principle is in practice! Please explain so that others can apply it.

3. Most people who read your blog end up, like me, very impressed by your parenting (caregiving) skills. But ‘fess up, it ain’t all Mary Poppins! Share one of your mistakes with us! When you first started parenting, what were you doing that causes the more experienced, wiser version of MaryP to shake her head disapprovingly and mutter “tsk tsk”?

4. What does our society do well with respect to parenting? What does it do poorly? Phrased another way, which societal messages would parents do well to absorb, and which ones should they resist?

5. Some people say that people should have to obtain a License To Parent before they are allowed to bring a child into the world. The implication is, some kind accreditation is necessary to do the job right. You’ve worked with lots of untrained mommies and daddies. Are children at risk or otherwise held back by parental ignorance?

Good questions, huh? Tune in next Saturday, when I outline my thoughts on question one: a parenting goal that ought to be universal. Hmmm….

*Because, as you all know by now, I am the Queen of Busy. Bwah-ha.

June 4, 2007 Posted by | controversy, memes and quizzes, parenting | 9 Comments