Must Be Nice

After a polite greeting, the young woman at the garage sale pointed out my three boys with delight. “I've got an entire rack of name brand boy's clothes!” she cheered. My boys pretended not to hear her. I wanted to do the same. “The sweatshirts are only $20! That's less than half the price I … Continue reading Must Be Nice

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Safety is a Human Right

SAFETY IS A HUMAN RIGHT. It's okay if you or your child(ren) are considering home educating due of the continual rise in school violence. If you consider or decide to home educate in light of school violence, people may say that you've let fear win. Or that you're being unreasonable. But is that true? Security … Continue reading Safety is a Human Right

Tidy Idleness

  If you can't make it out in the picture, my youngest daughter (5 yrs. old) wrote 'LOL' all over the bathroom mirror with toothpaste. She also made a few sparking blue smiley faces, but someone had to pee so I had to get out of the bathroom before I could take another picture. Her … Continue reading Tidy Idleness

Your Passion is Waiting for Your Courage to Catch Up

Children are the most courageous of all humans, whether their parents or other adults appreciate this virtue or not. They're full fire and fortitude, especially when it comes to getting what they want. For children, it's not a matter of if their desires of their heart are fulfilled, but when. Children know how to get … Continue reading Your Passion is Waiting for Your Courage to Catch Up

The Secrets of Little Birds & Children

  Early summer mornings are a good place for little birds and little children to meet. If you slow down long enough, you might get lucky enough to witness such a moment. That's what happened this morning. The sun was barely awake, and so were we. Early morning air filtered through the back screen door, … Continue reading The Secrets of Little Birds & Children

The Unspoken Rules of Unschooling {And Why Unschoolers are Strange}

The Unspoken Rules of Unschooling -You need to regularly quote one or more of the following unschool gurus (Holt, Patterson, Dodd, Martin, Gatto, and Gray) on social media. -You need to hate public school, and refer to it as prison as often as possible. Especially on social media and in public. -You need to base … Continue reading The Unspoken Rules of Unschooling {And Why Unschoolers are Strange}

My Freedom Baby

My free-spirited and sparkly first-born daughter turns seven today, the day before America's Independence Day. The timing of her entry into the world couldn't be more fitting. She lights up the world wherever she goes. She's a burst of energy, with occasional explosions. My little firecracker. My freedom baby.       ************************************************************************************ To share … Continue reading My Freedom Baby

Trying to Stop Thunder

According to my five-year-old daughter, the best way to stop lightening is to close all the curtains and blinds in the house. Out of sight, out of mind. Thunder, on the other hand, is a bit more tricky. Trying to mute the rumbling remains of lightening strikes is like trying to mute the trembling cries … Continue reading Trying to Stop Thunder

Dogs Under the Dinner Table

If you have children and you have dogs, then you're familiar with the symbiotic relationship they have with each other at the dining room table. The kids sit and eat, the dogs sit and wait. Meal after meal, day after day. It doesn't matter how long or boring the wait is under the table, the … Continue reading Dogs Under the Dinner Table