"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Monday, November 03, 2008

Godzilla is in the Hizouse

It was deliberately impulsive, inviting this gecko into our home. It was supposed to happen when Gabriel turned 8, a magical age when the gene for responsible pet care kicks in. However after an impromtu search on Craigslist came up with this little spotted gal;(and after Rich agreed to take on all care and feeding of it) we decided to surprise the kids a couple of years early. It was a good day to be a Wook...Simone is now hoping we're insane enough to drop the age of lizard ownership down to 4.Dream on, Bome.Needless to say, we have three (or four) very excited monkeys 'round these parts...

It's going to be a fun 15-20 years!


Heart Rockin Mama said...

We have had an albino leapord gecko in the house for about 3 years. It is one of the nicest pets ever! I'm so glad your monkeys are enjoying her!

jill said...

oh, hes so cute, and i love the name! i had a couple geckos pre-kids and they are really fun. theyre most active at night i used to have a blacklight on mine - not sure how they like tho.
i want to get one but we should probably wait till the kids want one. the impulse-buy rabbit is keeping me busy for now!

"By nature people are learning animals. Birds fly; fish swim; humans think and learn. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing, or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do - and all we need to do - is to give children as much help and guidance as they need and ask for, listen respectfully when they feel like talking, and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest."
John Holt
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George Bernard Shaw
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