Scott writes: That essay is almost too well written to buy that it's from a little girl. How did your daughter learn to write so well?
I'm not really sure how/why she is so gifted with language. Possums 1 and 2 are both great writers. Possum 1 has been able to write since she was roughly four (possibly a bit younger). She's been reading since she was two. So, I think that- in part- she's just been exposed to writing for a few additional years (compared to her cohorts). All of our kids have been read to since they were in utero. And, more importantly, my DH and I have tried to make reading a comforting and engaging activity. We frequently read the same books that they do, so that we can discuss them. We also do not dictate, excluding pornography or extremely violent content, what they may or may not read. Any work of non-fiction is fair game. Any topic is fair game. We also read aloud more than the average family. It's not uncommon for someone to read an article from the paper or a magazine at the table. We also listen to NPR and other "spoken word" programs. This last activity has helped them hone their writing skills in an immeasurable way. Basically, we love words. Words are an art in themselves and we encourage all of the possums to engage in the creation of a masterpiece. :)
Anonymous asks: What do you do on Sundays, since you don't go to church?
It depends. Sunday is usually a day for us to catch up on housework and hang out together. We talk. We read. We play board games. We just enjoy being a family. The DH and I realize that our eldest two are getting older and they're going to become more and more involved in extracurricular activities soon. So, we're trying to enjoy them while they still want us around. :)