A Brief Blog Profile: Demand EUPHORIA
by Thomas Hynes
In case you were wondering, Demand EUPHORIA gets its name from a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. Here's the full quote: "That's the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn't good enough for me! I demand euphoria!" And that's pretty much the guiding principle behind this blog. Halfway is not acceptable. Good enough is not good enough. Vickie, the blog's author, sees time with her young children, aged 3 and 5, as the true purpose of life and the true source of happiness. And she demands to be present for every moment she can.
On the blog, you'll read about ten ways to confuse a child. You can also read about ten ways to be a kinder and gentler parent. Another thing you'll read about on Demand EUPHORIA is the story of home schooled children. Though, that's not how it's described here. Here it is called Unschooling. It's not a home classroom recreated with bells and chalkboards and desks. It's the removal of traditional educational techniques and practices. The world is their classroom. This may sound radical to some. But with all due respect to Our Lady Star of the Sea (where I attended grade school), some times classrooms are actually terrible places to learn. Or to put it another way, exploring alternatives is probably not the worst idea.
To be honest, the lifestyle and choices highlighted on Demand EUPHORIA would be a lot easier to dismiss if it weren't for Vickie's sound reasoning and compassionate point of view. She strictly wants what's best for her children. Their happiness and well being come first. And that's simply not negotiable.