How we speak to our Children Really does Matter

Our words are important. They are powerful. How you use them can create a sense of peace and calm or divisiveness and shame. When talking to my children I not only see them as a vital part of our family, but I also see them as independent beings…

But Mom! When Disagreements Happen

Disagreements with your children will happen. It's not a matter of if, but when. The question really is, will you be ready? And I don't mean ready as in: You will have all the right answers. You will walk away the victor. You will prove…
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How Pokemon Sealed our Unschooling Fate

My son was six when Pokemon entered our world. The cute and odd-looking characters quickly became his thing, his focus, the topic he explored in as many ways as possible. For a little while, I was like the Pokemon themselves--using my 'special…
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Class Dismissed- Movie Review

I was able to see Class Dismissed in my hometown back in December. A local homeschooling mom took to social media to spread the word about the movie and to gather supporters.  The response was swift from the homeschooling community. I imagine…

The Future of Education

The current educational system is old, tired, and in desperate need of reform. Anyone who has been a part of the system--the students all the way up to the administrators-- have witnessed the failings, the troubles, the glaring issues; have…
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Getting out of the Way

We parents like to help. It's what we do. When our children are struggling we feel compelled to assist, direct, or support. Sometimes, all this 'help' is counterproductive and inadvertently sends the message that you don't trust your kids to…
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Stop the Insanity- Spanking is Abuse. Period.

This situation with Adrian Peterson is shedding a HUGE light on a problem that has been raging in our families for entirely too long. We all know this isn't anything new. Many of us have been the recipient of some type of physical punishment…
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What if kids could test out of school?

According to the author of "Teen 2.0: Saving our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence" that's exactly what we should be doing. Teens are in limbo. They aren't given enough rights to be independent, but they are fully capable…
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Got Math?

Mathematics isn’t just about adding and subtracting; it is so much more than that. It is about symbols and patterns, quantities and relationships, structures and space. All of us are constantly ‘doing math’ with our children and like reading,…
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Learning to Read the Natural Way

I know it is hard to trust, but trust you must. Children can and will learn to read without school. This has been proven time and time again, yet it is a difficult concept to accept in a culture that spends billions of dollars on curriculum…

When things get physical

This morning, the kids got into an altercation that ended with the oldest storming off and the youngest in tears. I saw what led to the heightened emotional reactions and wanted to press pause about two seconds before it went down, but alas,…
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Understanding limit pushing

"Respecting children means understanding their stage of development, not reacting to their age-appropriate behavior as if they are our peers." If you believe children are 'out to get us', that they are misbehaving just to make our lives…