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Promises

Promises I hear it in the way you speak, the words you use, the tone you choose. The anger, disgust, contempt are like spikes in my soft skin. I have made you mad, again. It seems I am built defective, wired wrong a mixture of thoughts,…
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Society Will Change---One Peaceful Parent at A Time

"What if war was not inevitable? What if tyranny, human rights abuses and ecological destruction were not inescapable? And what if the means to prevent them were in the hands of ordinary mums and dads, and all those involved in the care and…
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The Day My Teen Built His Own Computer

If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you’re determined to learn, no one can stop you. -Unknown It happened. The Amazon cart filled with computer parts for well over a month was finally emptied. On his 15th birthday, the…
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Is There A Kindness Deficit In Your Home?

"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."  --Nelson Mandela Kindness is something we all respond to. When we come into contact with kind people, our radar goes up, we take notice,…
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The Case for Living the Self-Directed Life

Summer is probably the most dreamed about, written about, and longed for season in America. For most of America's children and young adults, summertime means freedom. The school year schedule fades away and the longer, warmer days are replaced…
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Guilt is a Messenger? Yes.

''Guilt, the sense of anguish that we have fallen short of our own standards, is the guardian of our goodness.'' In a 1983 article written by Jane E. Brody for the New York Times entitled, Guilt: Or Why it's Good to Feel Bad she reviews the…
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You Might Be Ego-schooling If...

Once upon a time, when our family first made the decision to forego the traditional schooling options, I dreamed of being a fabulous teacher to my kids. We would come together every morning, still dressed in our pajamas, sipping cocoa or nibbling…
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25 Ways Joyful Families Operate

We all long for a joyful life. To be in the company of people who are happy and peaceful is nirvana. We create visions in our heads of what a joyful life looks like then we proceed to Pin everything that meets that perception. A tapestry…
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Pine Cone Bird Feeders: 4 easy steps

We love birds. For years we have been observing them and putting up birdhouses in our backyard to provide shelter. We have also participated in FeederWatch and the Great Backyard Bird Count. If you haven't heard of either of these, I encourage…
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If You Want Children to Love Learning, Let Them Lead

It’s 11 a.m., the first day of the new year, and my 14 year old has just come out of his room. Hair disheveled, loving grin on his face as his tall body bends over to give me a hug. This is how every morning begins if I’m home when he wakes.…
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Creating Peace around the Palate: Understanding "Picky" Eaters

Food is the great connector--the center of gatherings, celebrations, services, and parties. We bake to show our appreciation. We cook to support an ailing family member or neighbor. Entire industries are built around growing, preparing, delivering,…