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 so far was "Elf Training Camp" at the Melting … Continue Reading...

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. I have only found a few people who are really able to … Continue Reading...

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 nearly a week, which added a different level of stress, but … Continue Reading...

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 were headed to The Royal Gorge Railroad where they are hosting … Continue Reading...

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 when I was very young. I have gotten … Continue Reading...

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 this blog and I don't … Continue Reading...

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. I am so grateful that we were introduced to living this way with our … Continue Reading...

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 love". For much of my life I thought I … Continue Reading...

Ten Unschooling Questions: An Interview with Jennifer Andersen

I was so honored and excited when Pam Larrichia reached out and asked if we could chat for an episode of her Unschooling podcast. It is Pam and others like her, who have helped me learn to Unschool. Pam's questions were thought provoking and answering them was a lot of fun. As we frequently talk about here parenting in a different way does … Continue Reading...

My Hope in the Wake of the Election

Today is surely an historic day. None of us knows what it means or what it will look like. Even those in the know agree on this. I read a line on our Facebook page today that said "children need hope", and I realized we adults do too. How do we move forward without hope?  Hope does not mean turning a blind eye. Hope does not mean living in an … Continue Reading...

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