Parenting

February Burn Out

Feb 18, 2014 | Posted by in Encouragement, Our Homeschool, Parenting | 0

It’s that time of year. Christmas is behind us, spring seems so close and yet so far away. The winter doldrums have set in and we all feel restless. We want to shake things up. We want to breathe some life into the dreary surroundings. We want things to feel fresh and new rather thanRead more …

The Poor Third Child

Aug 20, 2013 | Posted by in Parenting | 1

I just came across a post on Scary Mommy on the difference between parenting a first and third child. It made me chuckle with recognition. But she left out a few things, so I thought I’d add my own. Food First Kid: Introduced one food at a time waiting three days in between each newRead more …

Relationship Based Learning: Part 2 in the Three R’s Series

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In my last post I suggested a new set of “R’s” to guide our homeschool philosophy, particularly in the early grades. I proposed A relaxed approach based on relationships and real experiences. I then encouraged us all to take a deep breath and relax. Today, I want to think about the role of relationships in our homeschools.Read more …

Accountable Kids Preview

Mar 3, 2013 | Posted by in Parenting | 2

I wrote this a couple of weeks ago and forgot to publish it. We’re into the Accountable Kids system a good ways now, but I won’t spoil the outcome. Here’s how I was feeling before we started: A few weeks ago I mentioned that I am seeking more discipline in our family life. Because IRead more …

Seeking Discipline

Feb 9, 2013 | Posted by in Parenting | 0

My friend Clea shared this on facebook the other day. I quote it here, with her permission, because it so perfectly captures where I’m at myself. So I think I’ve named the crux of my challenge here at my little homeschool. My kids think “homeschooling” equals “do whatever I want” and when that isn’t theRead more …

Toddler Wearing

Aug 20, 2012 | Posted by in Parenting, Toddlers | 0

I was hanging out with a friend the other day when she casually mentioned she may need to borrow back the Ergo she’s given me on extended loan to take with her on a trip to Italy this fall. I had a moment of panic. My first thought was “you can’t have my Ergo.” MyRead more …

Book Review: Raising Your Spirited Child

Aug 14, 2012 | Posted by in Book Reviews: Books for Parents, Parenting | 0

The subtitle for this gem of a book is “A guide for parents whose child is more: intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, energetic.” If you have a child that fits this description, you must get your hands on a copy of this book. I am raising a very spirited young woman. One of my favorite talesRead more …

Montessori at Home: Spice Smelling

May 19, 2012 | Posted by in Our Homeschool, Parenting, Toddlers | 0

When my oldest, now 7, was a baby, I was very excited about creating a Montessori atmosphere in my home. I love Montessori’s philosophy and the beauty of Montessori materials. But at some point I realized that what many of Montessori’s “practical life” and “sensory” activities are trying to replicate occur quite naturally in theRead more …