Unconditional Love: Are Our Children Getting It?

In theory, we all agree that children should be loved unconditionally and accepted for who they are. They should not reconfigure themselves so that they can receive the full love and affection of their parents. By being born our children, they should have our unconditional love. We all agree, right? Well yes, in theory. In reality though, how […]

I Like My Kids: I Have Never Cared About Being In Fashion Anyway

I go to bed at night excited because I get to wake up the next morning and spend the day with my kids. Every. Day.  It has not always been this way, but it has been for the last few years and now that I know how this feels I can’t imagine ever choosing another way. […]

Does Forcing Kids to Say I’m Sorry Make Sense?

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 from the perspectives of others. We can teach them verbiage to use when they do […]

How I am Learning to Keep My Cool When My Child is Melting Down

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, and the way I interact with people- including here on OMB. It has also extended […]

Moving Away From Family: My Family’s Journey Toward Living By Design

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 like Denver. There are neat things happening. The scenery is gorgeous. The weather is ideal […]

Quick Start Guide: What is Unschooling?

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 having a few articles that I have hand picked to read about a topic that […]

I Am Learning that Motherhood is Neither Mundane Nor Inequitable

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 her and talk while she creates. I picked up my phone to collect a moment. […]

Keep Posting the Good on Facebook: Their Negativity Has Nothing to Do With You

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 head around why it would bother somebody that a friend shares only positive things.  I […]

Not Parenting and Understanding That Children are People are Two Different Things

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 for something so they say “yes” to everything in an attempt to do so. None […]

Best Hotel Pool United States: My Vote

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 our the brand new Marriott Marquis Houston. We looked at the website. We ogled the […]

5 Reasons to Attend the Free to Be Unschooling Conference

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 my family needed to be enveloped in the Unschooling life, so when I was asked […]

What is Unschooling? Q&A with Jennifer McGrail of The Path Less Taken

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 who want to learn the  mindset and how it works in everyday life. Some get […]

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 […]

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