Pros And Cons

January 25, 2012 by Rieshy
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Just noticed my post title could refer to the Ocean's 11 series.  That's not what I meant.

I've been pondering this morning how when you mentally list the pros of something they may betray one by appearing simultaneously on the cons list.

For instance, when listing the pros and cons of home schooling chronically ill children the pro list might include:

  1. Home schooling year round so that it's easy to take time off for hospitalizations and doctors appointments without blowing your school year.
  2. Being able to teach to your child's individual level in all subjects.
Becauuuuse....
  1. Having to home school year round well, bummer.
  2. Being able to teach to your child's individual level is more work, duh.
Another example of tricky pros and cons is having a veggie garden pro and con list:
  1. Fresh veggies.
  2. Getting to work outside.
Because.
  1. Fresh veggies are noticeably lacking on my children's personal pro list.
  2. Getting to work outside, emphasis on the word work as opposed to toddling about in the sunshine with pretty garden tools.

This is why I should go back to bed and eat bonbons, in the off chance that the world will become black and white in my absence.



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6 comments:

CristyLynn said...

Hope you're feeling better!

Melanie said...

It's really a perspective thing isn't it? I mean I like the IDEA of gardening, but the reality is hard work. I never seem to pull off looking nice while gardening!

Susan Tipton said...

I'm feeling great Cristy!

I never look nice while gardening Melanie- unless being sweaty, wearing mom jeans and covered in dirt is fashion forward.

I actually love the work part- it's the pests that come in July and August that always get me down. I think I'm doing just a salad garden this year, and lots of farmer's market "gardening" for canning.

Decision made!

Susan Tipton said...

Funny thing- I wasn't even really thinking about either of these issues...

Ostriches Look Funny said...

man. right now I'm trying to decide if I want to homeschool or just say, "WORK IT OUT DUDE" and throw my 5 yr. old to the wolves. It's so hard to decide, especially when I'm in the middle of robbing a casino.

Susan Tipton said...

It worked for Mowgli.

Nah, it's worth keeping the critters about. Kid critters that is. They don't bite as often as wolves and if you home school you have the perfect excuse to buy books.

Oops, I just watched Firefly and can't rightly type straight English no more.

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