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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,…
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Raising Humans? 7 Books Every Child Wants you to Read

  It is extraordinary that the most important job in the world, raising a child, is an untrained position. -Richard Grossman, Ph.D.   When I was around 11 or 12 I found several books my Mom had been reading that caused me feelings…
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Funny Bones- A Craft Project

I'm a sucker for a good craft so when I saw an idea for a skeleton that sticks to the front of the refrigerator that could be moved about, I had a feeling our family needed this.  We are constantly in and out of the kitchen making food and…
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Why Children Need Pets

I grew up with pets. As a matter of fact, my rather impulsive (he probably thought of himself as forward thinking) Dad brought home a puppy to my two brothers the day my Mom brought me home from the hospital. Because you know, an infant and…
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What is Unschooling?

We 'un' school. But what does that mean? For us it means this: We do not approach learning the way most think of when they hear the word 'school'. We eschew the traditional approach of going into a building filled with resources and…
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Gun Play: Shooting down Parental Fears

In the early days of parenting, when all toys were bright and cheerful, when television shows were filled with funny songs, silly dances, and playfully nice characters, and when advertisers had a limited effect on my son’s wants, I reveled…
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I'm pro-learner, not anti-education

The natural curiosity of a child is a sight to behold. To watch a toddler fumble through her world, touching, examining, tasting objects in her path is quite remarkable. Her brain taking in all the new information at lightening speed. She is…
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Teens Need you to Read This

"It has become a cultural cliché that raising adolescents is the most difficult part of parenting. It’s common to joke that when kids are in their teens they are sullen, uncommunicative, more interested in their phones than in their parents…
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Bedtime Battles: A Modern day Creation?

From co-sleeping to sleep training to bed times and schedules, the topic of where and how our children sleep is a hot button issue in parenting circles I have found. But why?  How did we become so obsessed with where our children sleep and…
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Why We Chose Homeschooling- A Letter to My Son

D, In three more days, I could be sending you, my four year old son, off to Kindergarten.  Your carefree days would be replaced with homework, inflexible schedules, and demands.  You would no longer get to greet your five month older sister…
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A New Kind of Mother's Day

As a child I made and bought my fair share of cards for my mom to celebrate her on Mother's Day. When I had any money I would buy her something, no matter how small, as a token of my appreciation for the work she did for me. I embraced these…