The nomadic Whitacre parents try to teach their children that possessions aren’t important. . .in a toy store.

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mominTX
mominTX

Nomadic mom still retains some reasoning, but nomadic dad is stuck in a rut.  Parenting is definitely give and take.  The children have valid perspectives and needs that should be considered and met.  Parents should remember to adapt just as much as they ask their children to.  I watched one episode with them and it was really hard to watch.  While I appreciate the overall lessons they are trying to teach their children, they need to remember life is about change, and being able to adapt on all sides.  I think the dad is getting lost in the rules, that he forgets to think.  Another good lesson to remember is family before self.  Think about the bigger picture, it's much bigger than you as an individual with an agenda.  Maybe that means one day being in a house for a bit and giving them a little more stability?  Maybe not, but maybe so?  I don't think one's mind should be made up, that possibilities should always be open, and reasonable requests always considered. 

boadecia1
boadecia1

I think they have some good ideas.  Children are too focused on material things, because their parents are also.  It is a good thing to get them unplugged and tuned into the world.  Taking so much from them seems to have made them jealous of others and nervous about the future. I'm glad the Dad got a trailer for them to get their own space.  IMO, all those excuses he kept putting forward were just that, excuses so he didn't have to spend money. 

lindadeemartin
lindadeemartin

Nomadic dad scares me.  He seems totally oblivious to the rest of his family's needs or wants.  Each time one of the children, or his wife, expressed their discomfort or dissatisfaction with their current arrangements, his answer was, "well I (stress is on "I") don't agree", or "that's not what I want".  He seems to have forgotten that he's a member of a family, made up of individual people who have individual and very real needs and wants of their own.  His dismissal of his wife's concerns over the children's tight, shared sleeping quarters is even more bothersome and unrealistic.  In a few years, they will be entering puberty.  Anyone with a pubescent boy knows what happens to a certain part of his body when he first wakes up.  I'm sure he wouldn't want his sister around to see that.  And what about when the girl starts her period?  Think she wants to wake up next to her brother when that happens?  Or in the woods?  Wake up Nomadic dad.  Get a life and get a home.  A real one.  Your children need privacy and stability, and not a moment too soon.

pguthy
pguthy

you are so selfish...have your own dreams but don't drag any more kids into it.