Wednesday, March 26, 2014

{Yarn Along} More Than I Realized

It feels like I've been slogging along on the green knits for months without making any progress. It has been months, and I'm getting nowhere fast, but there's actually a lot of knitting done here. The Weasley sweater needs a few more inches on the back and both sleeves. The Croc Socks need a heel and a foot. The Green Envy Socks need a heel and a cuff.


I was anxious to read The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting, because I've read so much lately about kids who are "spoiled" and "entitled" and these generalizations that are being made about all of our kids honestly scare me a bit.  Maybe I should have figured it out from the description, but the entire focus of this book is on grades and rewards and self-esteem, not stuff. (And the "stuff" aspect of being spoiled and entitled is what I was really curious about.) I found myself slogging through some of the chapters because there are so many quotes and references to other published works, but it was an interesting read about attitudes towards children, both now and in the past. Not a lot has changed over the years --- one of the articles mentioned is from 1838!

I've also been reading I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia. It's the story of Su Meck, who completely lost her memory when the ceiling fan in her kitchen fell onto her head. After just a couple of weeks in the hospital, Su was back at home taking care of her two small children, who she did not remember.  She also couldn't remember how to do any of the hundreds of simple little tasks that day to day life requires.  It scares me to imagine that situation.

Disclosure -- The publisher provided me with electronic review copies of The Myth of the Spoiled Child. I Forgot to Remember is from the library.

For more pretty knitting projects to drool over, check out On the Needles at Patchwork Times and Work in Progress Wednesdays at Tami's Amis.



6 comments:

Donna said...

Such pretty colors on your sock! I have to agree that this generation is definitely one of entitlement and it is difficult to train our young ones NOT to be that way. Thankfully our daughter works very hard between work and college and knows that if she wants something she has to work to get it - it will not be handed to her. I can't say that is the norm in her age bracket. And it drives me crazy when I see parents literally handing their kids everything without them having to work at all for it. Then we wonder why they feel entitled?

Whatzitknitz said...

funny that both socks are at the exact same spot in knitting --the heel. however one is toe up and one cuff down. so which do you prefer???

Chrisknits said...

Agree with Donna 100%. Our girls were taught you aren't going to get it by sitting there, go out and work for it. But too many have no clue how. As to amnesia, a friend had a total memory loss due to a brain aneurysm. She had to relearn walking! She had 2 daughters she knew nothing about. It is scary.

Judy S. said...

Your socks look nice with the sweater! Sweaters are a big project, aren't they?

Ramona said...

My husband works with post graduate students and is discouraged by the lack of a work ethic so many have today. Of course this doesn't apply to all young people. Your socks and sweater are coming along nicely. Keep on knitting! :)

Ramona said...

My husband works with post graduate students and is discouraged by the lack of a work ethic so many have today. Of course this doesn't apply to all young people. Your socks and sweater are coming along nicely. Keep on knitting! :)

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