Forcing kids to say I’m sorry does not add up. We can not make kids regret something. We cannot force them to internalize that they hurt somebody. We can ask questions that help develop empathy. We can help them see things Continue reading Does Forcing Kids to Say I’m Sorry Make Sense?
Recently, I’ve been working on being a grown-up. I have stopped acting like real life will start next week or next month and realized that this is it. It is happening now. This has led to more thought, intention, responsibility, Continue reading How I am Learning to Keep My Cool When My Child is Melting Down
I was almost 40 before I knew living by design was an option. Now that I know, my family is moving toward it. Our family is at a crossroads. We have been living in Denver for a couple of years. We Continue reading Moving Away From Family: My Family’s Journey Toward Living By Design
First let me be clear; when it comes to “what is unschooling?” there is no quick start. These guides are a collection of topical articles I initially put together for my husband. He is not a big reader. He appreciates Continue reading Quick Start Guide: What is Unschooling?
I captured this moment so I would remember. The size of her hands. The too small PJs that are still her favorite. The morning sun streaming through our window onto her workspace. That she loves for me to sit with Continue reading I Am Learning that Motherhood is Neither Mundane Nor Inequitable
Do you ever have people in your Facebook feed (or even real life) who claim that the people who only post positive things are pretending their life is perfect? This has baffled me for years. I could not wrap my Continue reading Keep Posting the Good on Facebook: Their Negativity Has Nothing to Do With You
Okay. There are lazy parents. There are parents who don’t know what to do so they do nothing. There are parents who just plain don’t feel like dealing, so they don’t. There are parents who are trying to make up Continue reading Not Parenting and Understanding That Children are People are Two Different Things
I don’t usually vote publicly on things like this but for this I had to. Check out what gets my vote for Best Hotel Pool United States! My 7 year old, 9 year old, husband and I were equally excited to check Continue reading Best Hotel Pool United States: My Vote
I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “conference” I think: huge time commitment, a lot of wasted time between sessions, and a lot of sessions that are not great. Almost 4 years ago though, I knew Continue reading 5 Reasons to Attend the Free to Be Unschooling Conference
So often we see Unschooling misrepresented. There is no membership card and yes, you can do whatever you want with your own children. This is not for you. This is for people who are seeking the Unschooling life- for those Continue reading What is Unschooling? Q&A with Jennifer McGrail of The Path Less Taken
I am an Ambassador with the company shared below. If you fall in love with these books the way I have and decide to order or join our mission, and do so through one of my links you would be Continue reading Barefoot Books: Children’s Books That Represent all Children and Families
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 Continue reading Picking Children Up Against Their Will: One Mother’s Lesson
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 Continue reading People Are Good: 5 Actions That Prove It
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, Continue reading Children are People and Have Preferences- Just Like You and Me!