Clogged

My third-born son taught me that it's possible to pass a bowel moment capable of clogging the toilet so badly that the toilet must be detached from the bathroom floor in order to clear the plumbing. If you're not yet a parent, now would be a good time to let you know that basic plumbing … Continue reading Clogged

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Your Passion is Waiting for Your Courage to Catch Up

Children are the most courageous of all humans, whether their parents appreciate this virtue or not. It's why they're so full of passion, 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 what … 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

You need to follow the work and ideas one or more of the Fab Five unschool gurus (Holt, Patterson, Dodd, Martin, Gatto, and Gray) if you want to learn the best way to unschool. You need to hate public school and refer to it as prison as often as possible. Especially in public. You need … Continue reading The Unspoken Rules of Unschooling

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

The Power of Point of View

Having five kids means every story in my house has up to five different points of view. Now there are times when having multiple perspectives on a situation is advantageous, but most of the time the story ends with an unsolved mystery and me at the helm of a carpet cleaner, vacuum, or roll of … Continue reading The Power of Point of View

Beware the Barrenness of a Busy Life

The closest feeling to drowning without the presence of water is trying to take care of small children without the presence of others for guidance and support. At one point in my stay-at-home motherhood journey, three of my children were in diapers and the two older ones were being homeschooled. My husband helped as much … Continue reading Beware the Barrenness of a Busy Life