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10 Lessons I Want My Child To Learn From Phineas and Ferb

Bianca with her 'brothers' Phineas and Ferb

Bianca with her ‘brothers’ Phineas and Ferb

I’m a BIG fan of Phineas and Ferb, so is my husband and daughter. We’re such big fans we joined the P&F forums and we know enough P&F trivia to qualify as P&F geeks (newbie geeks but geeks nevertheless).

What’s not to love about the show? It’s funny, witty and downright adorable. And as a mother, I like the fact that the show provides a lot of lessons that can help my daughter go through life.

Here are 10 lessons I hope my child learns from Phineas and Ferb.

  1. Nothing is impossible. They’ve done everything possible and a few impossible things. Like Phineas and Ferb, I want my daughter to see the world as a giant playground of limitless possibilities.
  2. Science is awesome. Most episodes of Phineas and Ferb use science to make amazing things. The sad thing though is that most students are afraid of science. I want my daughter to see how science can make your day-to-day amazing (or at the very least, interesting and easier).
  3. Awesome discoveries and inventions are meant to be shared. Notice how Phineas and Ferb immediately share their inventions and discoveries to the neighborhood kids? They know wonderful things are meant to be shared, not hoarded and kept.
  4. Boy and girls are equally awesome. Phineas and Ferb are fun to watch but Isabella and the Fireside girls are just as amazing. They can play just as hard as the boys, they’re respected for it, and they’re still girly and cute.

    Phineas and Ferb (soundtrack)

    Phineas and Ferb (soundtrack) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  5. Stereotypes are meant to be broken. None of the characters in that show are exactly what they seem. Buford, the bully, knows Latin and French. Linda Flynn-Fletcher used to be a pop star. Baljeet, the nerd, can rock as hard as the best of them. Perry is a secret agent! They’re not defined by “labels” and that something I want my daughter to keep in mind as she establishes her own identity.
  6. Pets are part of the family. We don’t have pets at home yet because my daughter is afraid of animals. But I hope when the time comes when she wants to have a pet, she’ll treat that pet as part of the family, someone she can love and care for, and not a toy to be disposed of once she gets bored with it.
  7. There’s always something good in every one of us. Doofenshmirtz is more than just an evil scientist. He’s also a loving dad who would do anything for his daughter, Vanessa. He also cares for Perry, his nemesis, in his own way. That’s because no one is completely evil. There’s always something good inside of all of us, the trick is finding it.
  8. Seize the day. Summer doesn’t last forever and life is short. We should all do what we need and want to do now before it’s too late.
  9. Man proposes, God disposes. In P&F, God literally disposes of their projects through unlikely sets of circumstances. We can plan and plot all we want but we always have to remember that we’re all working according to God’s plan. It’s not in God’s plan for Phineas and Ferb to be busted and they’ll probably never be busted no matter what Candace does.
  10. You’re never too young or too old to do something awesome. The kids always do amazing things but the adults also have a few surprises up their sleeves. Ferb’s Grandpa Reginald has a blog, rides a skateboard, and jumps over gorges using a motorcycle. Phineas’ Grandma Betty Jo used to be in the roller derby and is still a mean skater.  When I reach their age, I want to be just as active and daring.

Any more lesson you guys want to add? Please share =)

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Turning The Other Cheek

 

One of the ways I try to give back is by teaching Sunday school in our church. It’s not easy teaching 7-9 year olds. They have their own opinions and they’re not afraid to share it. And in a lot of ways they’re like sharks, they can smell fear and they won’t hesitate to take advantage of it to their own ends.

Regardless of the challenges I face, I actually enjoy teaching these kids. Over the past few months that I’ve been teaching them, some of them have grown to like me, some of have grown to trust me, most of them at least respect me as their teacher.

The lightness in my heart lets me enjoy my family, despite all the struggles.

But the thing I probably like the most about teaching Sunday school is going back to the basics of what’s the right thing to do. Last Sunday, the lesson was about loving your enemies; specifically Matthew 5: 44-45

44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

At first glance, it’s an easy lesson to teach. Don’t fight back. Be nice to people who are mean to you. It would have been easy to give these kids lip service. But when I got this lesson, I realized it would have been soooo easy to just talk about it without applying it to real life. I could have easily gotten away with it. The kids don’t have to know. But I know my conscience wouldn’t let me. My faith wouldn’t let me. I became a Christian because I wanted my child to have these values. What kind of parent would I be if I can’t apply these values myself?

I had to remind myself of this verse several times this week just to get through all the pain. I saw my reputation being torn to shreds in public. I saw my ideas, my hard work being blatantly stolen in front of me without any shame or remorse. I just take comfort in the fact that God has a higher purpose for this and that he’s teaching me a lesson to help me become a better person, better teacher, and a better parent. I realize that once you have faith and you believe in God, you don’t need the satisfaction of seeing karma at work. Not that I don’t want to see karma at work but I don’t need it. Letting go and moving on to better things; it’s better than any rush karma can give.