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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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? […]

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