The Case for Homeschooling (Part 1): The Strangeness of the Anti-Homeschool Movement

With the COVID19 crisis virtualizing school instruction and giving many parents a taste of homeschooling life, the topic of home education is hotter than ever. Particularly, a recent Harvard Magazine article by Erin O-Donnell has brought a firestorm from homeschool supporters – and for good reason. The article denounces the practice of homeschooling through remarksContinue reading “The Case for Homeschooling (Part 1): The Strangeness of the Anti-Homeschool Movement”

COVID19: A Call for Greater Family Independence

The lockdown initiated by government reactions to COVID19 (the coronavirus) has imposed a rare glimpse into how elements of dystopian novels manifest in the real world: restricted travel, skyrocketing unemployment, an economy in recession, police arrests for routine outdoor activities, masks and gloves merely for grocery store visits, and semi-rationed groceries (for the very highContinue reading “COVID19: A Call for Greater Family Independence”

What Gulliver’s Travels Can Teach Us About Perspective, Social Media, and Friendship

My first encounter with Gulliver’s Travels was a cheesy 90’s movie that did even less justice to the original story than director Darren Aronofsky’s 2014 movie Noah did to the Biblical story of Noah. In the minds of many without an adequately wide reading of classic literature, Gulliver’s Travels (1726) is a children’s story. However,Continue reading “What Gulliver’s Travels Can Teach Us About Perspective, Social Media, and Friendship”

Sickness as a Sign to Slow Down

Today, as I lay there half-dead on the couch, checking on work emails, browsing Twitter, the WordPress reader, and the news, I came to the realization that maybe this sickness that’s overtaken me (and my whole family – that’s just how it is with kids) is God’s way of reminding me that I’m human. We areContinue reading “Sickness as a Sign to Slow Down”

The Rise of Secular America

“Society is increasingly secular.” Most of us have all probably heard this said around our families, friends, and churches. But is it true? Here, I’ll provide solid evidence confirming the fears of many Christian families that, yes, the U.S. and the western world are less religious now than our parents’ and grandparents’ generations. In 1948,Continue reading “The Rise of Secular America”

The Dilemma of Raising Kids in the 21st Century

It’s no secret the world is changing fast, very fast. I’m a millennial dad, and already I don’t recognize the majority of shows, toys, characters, and songs geared toward my young daughter and son. This fact has brought to my attention the following thought: We are now in the age, for the first time in history,Continue reading “The Dilemma of Raising Kids in the 21st Century”

What is ThinkingWest?

This is the first post on my new blog called ThinkingWest. I’m Christian Bottenfield, an American Catholic dad to two kids, husband, soon-to-be doctor of engineering, and hobbyist to many a thing – including this blog. ThinkingWest is my outlet for thought on a range of topics that actively run through my mind, while readingContinue reading “What is ThinkingWest?”