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Helicopter versus ‘Junkyard’ Parents

Helicopter versus ‘Junkyard’ Parents

“The philosophy underlying junkyard parenting is one of extreme pragmatism. A pragmatic does “what works,” without any idea of why something works. An example, for illustrative purposes, may be someone who tries to get to a destination, not by consulting a map and plotting a route, but by just getting in a car and going, getting lost over and over again, until they finally reach their destination. This “bump around in the environment” philosophy is what the junkyard parent relies on as a teaching tool—no teaching, no coaching, no explaining, just letting a child loose on the world, and letting physical pain be their guide.”

The Cognitive Development of an Infant

The Cognitive Development of an Infant

This body of work (nearly a thesis) follows something I have long wanted to study–the cognitive development of a newborn child. It follows it through the first 2 years. It follows the book Wonder Weeks, which argues children go through 10 “leaps” in cognitive development, each of which is preceded by a growth period where the child is very fussy. I draw from several other books too in order to cross reference their work. I give many examples with pictures of my own son. The first leap starts with the leap of objectivity, at 5 weeks, when the child first recognizes there is an external world to them. It ends at 18 months (the start of the last leap) with the leap of system building.

This truly was a labor of love! The information in this body of work helped me greatly as a parent. I hope you find value in it and if you do, please share!

Can’t you just see his brain working! 🙂

The Bridge Over the Main: How a Small Polish Boy Survived World War II in Germany

We are selling a book written by my husband’s grandfather, who was taken into slave labor in Nazi Germany. It is entitled The Bridge Over the Main: How a Small Polish Boy Survived World War II in Germany. You can buy it through Paypal here. All of the sale price will go towards Grandpa Stan’s care.

There are only 7 available copies in our possession right now. If they are sold out, please email amber@amberpawlik.com to let us know you would like one and we may be able to get more.

Stan was just 15 when the Nazis marched into his town in Poland and destroyed the tranquil life he knew. The Nazis ripped him from his familys arms and took him to Bavaria, where he was to do back-breaking labor for a series of cruel masters. The courageous boy remained unbowed before them, despite beatings and other injustices. Still, even in Nazi Germany, young Stan was able to find friends and even a taste of young love. In Bridge Over the Main, Stan tells the true story of how he became a man while he worked as a slave.

About the Author
Stan Domoradzki’s Biography

Born November 11, 1927 in Konozyce, Poland, Stan Domoradzki was just 15 years old when the Nazis ripped him away from his family in February 1943, and the events described in Bridge Over the Main began.

He was taken to Bavaria and forced to do manual labor for nothing more than meager meals and a roof over his head. His enslavement deprived the boy of formal education, but he learned much about survival and cruelty. Although he was small of stature, he had a spirit big enough to keep him from despairing over his fate. He kept hope alive that he would return to his parents and their home when the war was over. He even sought revenge on the Nazis who wronged him.

After the war, he worked for the armed forces of the United States and served in the Polish guards, who kept watch over Nazis being tried for war crimes. By the late 1940s, Domoradzki, still in Germany, figured he could make a new life in the United States, and so applied to immigrate.

He worked a variety of menial jobs on farms on the east coast before moving to the Chicago area, where he eventually married Olympia Dominiak, and together they raised four children. In 1957, Domoradzki went to work for the railroad, retiring 33 1/2 years later when his wife was dying of cancer. After his wife died in 1990, he left the Chicago area for Minnesota, where he has lived ever since.

He has never forgotten the wrongs done him by the Nazis and their followers, nor has he forgotten the kindness that some Germans showed him during his captivity. He urges us all to learn from the Nazis brutality and offers his story in hopes that people will never let such inhumanity go unchallenged again.

The Witch Hunt against Joe Paterno

The witch hunt against Joe Paterno has less to do with justice for victims and more to do with the tearing down of a hero

The Witch Hunt against Joe Paterno

“When the headline in the news was nothing except ‘Jerry Sandusky accused of molesting several children,’ there was hardly a peep out of most people. But as soon as some small connection could be drawn to the popular and well known Joe Paterno: Outcry! Injustice! Put his head on the stick! The vile crime!”