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  1. Rita Brooks

    Wanda, who are you to tell someone to get off social media? Who are you to tell someone what to do with THEIR children? Start new, start living your own life for yourself. What the Nauglers do is not your concern, PERIOD.

  2. BlessedLittleHomestead

    Why should I have to leave social media and why can’t my children know what’s going on in our life? Wasted time? Who are you to decide what is a waste of time and what is not? I think tv is a waste of time. I think sitting in bars is a waste of time. Certainly not going to go around telling people that.

    We have a good life. But you know what’s wrong with it? The few idiots who cause trouble. That’s who needs to be removed.

  3. Ben

    If nosy people would mind their own business, we’d all be better off. This generation is full of programmed narks, and they will rat on anyone without knowing the facts. Many families have been separated (some permanently separated) because some gossiping tongue went flipping to the cops or to Child Protective Services about something they knew absolutely nothing about.

  4. BlessedLittleHomestead

    Yeah. I know. I spelled it that way for my friend Chopper Dan. I changed it. Crisis over.

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  6. Wanda

    You really need to get off of social media! Your children should not know what’s going on with you online. That’s absolutely the fault of you and your husband! Think about every wasted minute spent online could be a minute spent with your kids. Go together as a family and get them counseling. Start new, start living for them!

  7. Jackie Dupree

    I like the comment “peaceful parent”. I taught school for over 33 years. I loved the students and tried to teach them as though they were family with me and their classmates. Today I am 72 and they still stop to see me and on FB they friend me and tell me they loved my class and me and still love me. I tried as often as I could to let them use their judgement, pick their on topics for assignments. I tried to let them be as unique and an individual. I help homeschool my grandson. He has a touch of Aspergers. You would never know it but we realize he is his own individual. We do every aspect of schooling that fits him and teaches him to think, make decisions and choices. Nicole continue to be a peaceful parent. Children learn more sometimes by what you do than what you say. If they have the Lord in their life and you tell them to think about a situation they will “usually” make the right decision. You and yours are in my prayers. Jackie Dupree

  8. Mary

    Very thought provoking. I think that needs to be put in the news paper that is lays bashing you guys before they even know all the facts…very well written as far as I can see.

  9. Anita Wentworth

    Wow! So true

  10. SueLynn

    Very nicely put.

  11. Sue

    I am praying for you! With His help, may you rise above the judgment and opinions of others, of which you have been so focused on.

    And. With all due respect, you cannot compare the parental failure in raising spoiled brats, to be on the same level as, child neglect, or child abuse. That is silly. Rise up, mama bear! You need not defend yourself, or busy yourself, with the judgement or opinions of others – it doesnt portray you in the right light. But having been following you for so long, I see past that. You are SO blessed, best to focus on those great gifts from the Lord our god in heaven.

    God bless the Naugler family!

  12. Su

    Love this post.You keep on doing what your heart tells you!This brought back many memories raising my daughter. My motto was, “Use your better judgement.” When she wanted to do something and I questioned the idea. She’s grown into a wonderful human being. She learned from her adventures. I had naysayers too. There’s always “those” people who point fingers outward when their own home leaves much to be desired.

  13. Dr3@MGYRL360

    I agree on all of it. As a homeschooling mom of a happy and successful polygynous family, people say lots of things. We have one child who is recently out of public school and they let her get to 2nd grade without being able to read. I don’t know what the standard is in public school anymore, but the kids in this household can read by 6 or 7 — and that’s LATE for this household. Most of the kids were reading by age 5, and the circle of people we involve ourselves with, that’s the standard for us. So this child that’s recently coming out of public school is BEHIND for us.
    I don’t listen to outsiders about children who are healthy, happy, smart and good.

  14. Adrian

    Thanks for sharing these thoughts! A child who has more control over things has some advantages in life that no one else will have. Each style has its attractions, but some styles don’t work for some kids and some won’t work for some parents. Each of us needs to find our own way and get the heck out of the way of others. If what we see makes us worried about possible abuse, we should get to know the situation better before making any judgment calls.

  15. Richelle

    Wonderful way of putting it. I was just thinking the same thing. Who is to say what is the proper way or right way. If and when we have our child we will be home schooling. I have been around the public education field enough to know that would not fit our family.

  16. Mickie

    Very well said!

  17. Meagan

    Beautifully written, and I agree.

  18. Michelle

    I love many aspects of this post. It’s easy for some to pass judgements raising kids. Each child is different, I think at times there are those that forget that.

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