Picking Children Up Against Their Will: One Mother’s Lesson

Before we knew better, my husband and I would pick our then 2 (ish) year old daughter up and bring her wherever we wanted her to go. I mean hey- we only had so much time to get where we “needed” her to be. Sydney would defy and protest. She was steadfast in her resolve […]

People Are Good: 5 Actions That Prove It

People are good. Not everybody is good, but most people are. Yes, we all have a lot of stuff we need to face. We have a lot of accountability we need to accept. We have a lot of work we need to do to make this world, and the US better. I do not believe […]

Children are People and Have Preferences- Just Like You and Me!

One of the things that I am grateful for as an adult, is that I can make things the way I like them. I prefer brothy soup for example, so when I make soup, I make sure it is extra-brothy, so I can enjoy it. I like a blanket over my lap when I am […]

5 Reasons I Love Unschooling

Though this is not (like ever, in a million years) a path I expected to be on, I have fallen in love with the Unschooling life. We are still very much learning and I still have a long way to go. Rather than talking about my mistakes and successes, or how much better life is […]

Screens, Sleep, and Squash: Moving Toward Tension Free Parenting

Parenting: don’t be a fun buster! I am learning that the best thing we can give our kids is a fun, happy, tension free home filled with thoughtful gestures and kindness. (I’m still working on all of this). Personally, I’m learning that hyper focusing on screens, or food, or bedtimes, does not create the healthy environment […]

7 Awesome Denver Holiday Activities

We all know about the Parade, the Christkindle Market and the shows, but there are so many other cool things for Denver families to do to feel the Holiday spirt. Here are 7 awesome Denver Holiday activities you may not have considered: 1. The Royal Gorge Railroad Okay, it’s not in Denver. In fact, it’s a bit of […]

We Do Not Pretend Santa is Real: Let Me Explain

We do not pretend Santa is real (read about it here), but we celebrate Christmas. We do not just celebrate it actually, we revel in it (read about it here). Some people cannot reconcile this. They seem to think that if Santa is not accepted as a living, breathing person in our home we must […]

Elf Training Camp in Littleton Colorado: A Model for Restaurants

Those who have been with me for a while know how much my family loves to celebrate Christmas. Our tree goes up the day after Halloween and that’s when the carols start streaming through our speakers. Each year we look for extra festive things to do, and we found them in 2016. One of our highlights […]

Unschooling Chat: Questions and Answers that Can Help Us All

Jennifer McGrail of The Path Less Taken is an Unschooling mom to 4 children ages 8 to 19. She was a mentor for me transitioning to Unschooling long before she knew me and has done wonderful things for my family. For those of us wanting to get deeper into Unschooling, who we listen to matters. […]

When a Mother Loses Her Shit

There are few things more heartbreaking for a mother than knowing you are the one who caused your child pain. Today, I lost my shit. It has been building for weeks. There were lots of factors. My husband was away for a full week then came home with a stomach bug. We quarantined him for […]

Colorado Royal Gorge Railroad Route Santa Express: Worth the Trip!

Wow, did we have an awesome weekend! Not only was it a long weekend, but on Saturday we ventured south to Canon City. This feels like a trek for Denverites, but one of the great things about those who move to Colorado is their sense of adventure and being up for making the trek. We […]

Childism: Not a Call to Action, Just a Beginning

I have early memories of experiencing Childism. I remember being thought of as less than. I remember not being asked whether or not I could be tickled, hugged, or transported somewhere. I remember the power of an adult being lorded over me. I remember the unfairness of it all. I recognized the injustice of it […]

Sexism and Racism are Parenting Issues

Since I have been posting about things like racism, sexism, and xenophobia this year, many people have either publicly or privately demanded that I “stick to my parenting posts”. It seems they do not see the connection between parenting and these very real issues. My passion has always been children. It’s why I keep at […]

Unschooling: It is as Beautiful as it Sounds

I steer away from talking about unschooling. I’m new here. My kids are only 7 and 9. Though we’ve been learning to live this way for more than 5 years, how can I share a way of life that I don’t yet understand? I cannot. I can share our journey and I really want to. […]

When We “Choose Love” Do We Opt Out of Healing Our Nation?

It sounds beautiful, I know. I mean, who could disagree to “choose love” in any situation, right? I do. I disagree. I do not necessarily believe that the way people are throwing the phrase “choose love” around will heal our country. I worry that when we say this we are opting out of what it means to “choose […]

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