Today is the official 2 year anniversary of this blog! I cannot even name all of the great times I’ve had writing these pieces. To commemorate this, there will be three things! A giveaway, a Q&A, and the freedom to ask me any questions you’d like.
Let’s start with the Q&A:
I’ve been getting quite a lot of questions lately from my followers and people within the community. I figured I would answer them publicly in order to save time and perhaps initiate a discussion.
How do I set my child up for a good future?
This is a question that is actually quite difficult to answer. In my fairly successful upbringing, there have been ups and downs. Granted, I’ve turned out fairly successful. My major tip for people in general (not just parents/grandparents/etc) is to be careful what you say. Children and teenagers are very perceptive. They’re watching what you do in order to learn, especially young children. In fact, they’re watching everyone. So if your child is watching Miley Cyrus, your child will likely remember that. And sometimes parents say things they don’t mean. A lot of these phrases are remembered forever by the child. I could list off every time my parents said something horrible to me without even thinking. Many adults can agree to that, but as so, many will disagree. The point here is, make sure your kids are aware that you care for them. This helps to “excuse” (for lack of better word) any slipups you have.
The biggest problem for me when I think of raising my children is finding a balance. Living in a very education oriented family, I’ve been able to strive and reach new heights. This has always been me. I’m not sure where my kids will want to go with their lives. But my kids would definitely know they need to earn their own. My parents don’t have a family business to pass down to me or an insane fund full of money for me to inherit. I’ve always known I need to take all the right classes, make the best projects, and have straight A’s. But some families have different ideals and I respect that a lot.
So I guess the real answer here is; it depends.
What’s your opinion on the National Common Core?
Personally, I think it’s a matter best left to the states with little instruction from the federal government. I understand that it will support proficiency and it will give us a way to see where we are, but the entire idea of it somehow providing equal opportunity is difficult. It’s really hard to change something once it has gone into place. Yes, I know it can be done. But, it’s difficult and the way technology and society is changing, we may become confined by the Nat Common Core. Essentially, it doesn’t foster long term growth or allow for individualized education. It’s going to make the socioeconomic gap worse, if possible. It’s hard to make every child learn the same way and make every teacher teach the same when we can’t afford new training for each teacher. Overall, I think it will hold very advanced children back, push the kids who need help too much, and keep the middle where they always have been.
When did you meet President Barack Obama?
September 30th, 2013.
How old are you?
Still not answering that one.
What is your take on gun control and legalization of marijuana?
I think gun control is a very pressing issue, seeing as I live in a community influenced by it. I definitely like Connecticut’s “new but old” gun laws which limit the amount of ammunition and several other things. As far as marijuana goes, I think the idea of legalizing it and taxing it is a great one. But, executing it will be extremely difficult and will not be an easy battle for us. It’s good in essence, but then the technicalities come out.
How did the shooting affect the CT community?
It was disastrous. It was the night of my brother’s birthday so we went to buy new headphones for him. It was so hard to drive through CT and get to the mall. It’s really kept us scared. Recently, there have been three college “shootings” here. Yale, SCSU, and New Haven University have all had a scare in the past two weeks. It reminds us what happened a year ago.
Given my active role in the community, I went to the school the students would attend post disaster. I decorated it (with a team) with hundreds of snowflakes and snowmen. I wasn’t there to see the reactions of students, but I heard wonderful things. It reminded us what a tight community we are. On top of that, we were able to pass new legislation.
I wish it had never happened, but it’s part of us now. The great thing about CT is that we’re not scared of anything or anyone. It’s our state and it’s our home. Not a shooter’s land, but the land of the same people who created America.
To the freedom to ask me any question you’d like: It’s a contact form!
Last but not least, the giveaway!
I was planning on giving away a book. The name of which book will remain a secret. (Think famous poets) It will be special, nonetheless. There will be added bonus items in the giveaway, should you choose to enter.
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As the cherry on top of this pie, I am planning on releasing a book soon.