Free Range Kids – Homeschoolers up all night!

Homeschooling Night Owls It is 1am and my darling oldest daughter who is 15 and homeschooled is up talking to the boy friend on her cell phone. She is happy and loud and so I only felt a little guilty asking her to make grilled cheese for me. I am on bed rest and have […]

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Stop Trying to Make Your Children Into Little You


   You may give them your love but not your thoughts.  My heart hurt last night reading about a friend who is struggling as a mother with 2 young boys. She talked about how she is not connecting with them, going so far as to call them strangers. She recalled her love of reading at […]

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Helping Children See the Importance of Shopping Local

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 Be the Change You Want To See In the World! One of the things my family is doing on our greener living path is to work on sustainability, hobby farming with chickens and gardens. We are trying to learn all we can and develop experience for the years to come when my husband retires from […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 25 – Easy Fall Crafts with Kids

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Today I am Thankful for Creative Kids Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.  – Plato Do have special memories of creating […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 8

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 I am so thankful to be able to homeschool my children! Today I had the displeasure to hear from a public school teacher who reported on how many of the retired teachers she talks to believe all of societies ills are because of attachment parenting. She talked about her 3 year old and how difficult […]

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Practicing for Sustainable and Living Green – Update

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StormBaby (age 6) in her play dress out taking care of the chickens and so excited about the first Olive Egg! Can we manage sustainable living someday? In our effort to live more green and someday be more sustainable and possibly even give energy back to the grid we have been trying a lot of […]

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An October Trick not Treat!


Feathers are NOT Fun! My dear sweet 8 year old son, Mr. Handsome, came to me looking very guilty. Storm Baby who is 6 followed him, only she had her hands over her ears. Both got very close and made me worry… “Mom” He said. “I have to be honest with you about something” he […]

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Review – Learning is best when it is play – Matics

Matics-7__34774.1405362526.220.220 This game was created by a mom because her son was struggling with some basic math skills.  She wanted a fun way to help him practice and reinforce what he was learning in school.  That mom is also the founder of Kabuki Helps, which has grown into a community of parents and teachers committed to making […]

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Attachment Parenting a Teenager – It’s ok to Panic!


  I am not expert at anything…. or maybe I just am very aware that no one is perfect and there is always something new to learn. When it comes to attachment parenting a teenager I am learning as I go like we all do. Please as always take my thoughts with a grain of […]

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Are you having this moment each day or failing yourself?

   Being Happy with Your Life I sit outside in the ending heat with the sun dropping lower and lower in the sky. The day is almost over and I find myself so content. I think about this contentment almost every evening like this, out in the yard, watering the garden, watching the kids play. […]

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Helping Children Self-Motivate When Things Are Hard


  Motivation can be a tricky thing for all of us and while we tend to know at least in an abstract way what we are aiming for when doing certain things, it can be a lot harder to find the motivation when everything is going wrong! When we burn part of dinner, or when […]

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Mr. Handsome – How to get him to cut his hair!


  Normally we follow this simple belief in our home. His hair, his choice. This goes for clothing, and all sorts of things and for all the kids. As we are crunchy and have crunchy values we believe it is his body and his choice so when he was a baby we didn’t get him […]

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Reason 103 Why We Homeschool – Home is Sacred


  In a country were it seems we work to work some more and home is just a way station on the way to work I think Family life, the home is being neglected. Families on average are said to get only 8 hours together per week given modern demands on our time. One of […]

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A Rebuttal to “Why I Don’t Make My Son Share”


Will my children grow up to think the world owes them because I taught them to share?  The Rebuttal I read a rather interesting opinion piece that is making it’s way around facebook and Mommy groups. The title is catching and I thought it would be filled with some great information, maybe a bit of […]

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Simple Home Made Finger Paint


How to Make Home Made Finger Paints One of the sad things these days is that so many art supplies have chemicals in them and even come from other countries. Sometimes we just want something that is simple and that we know is safe for our children play and create with. Some days we just […]

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Call The Midwife – Remembering My Homebirth

  Have you watched the show Call the Midwife? I hadn’t till a few days ago and it is an addictive show. I had no idea about this show before a bit ago and goodness I have been missing out. With the lull in good television shows this time of year (I know this happens […]

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Why You Should Apologize To Children When Ever You Can


    One of the most wonderful and amazing parenting tools we have is being able to model positive behavior for our children. Little ones are busy all the time imitating what they see. One of the most scary things in parenting is that same quality in children, that they are always watching us. They […]

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Helping Teens With Military Moves


  It is said that a military move is as hard on teens as divorce and dealing with death even. I have come to see how true this is with my own teen. Since her friend moved a few months back and then our own move, things have been specially hard on our oldest daughter. […]

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Parents Who Coddle Are Idiots or Your Wrong About Them!

  There is an inflammatory piece on the web now that is neither brave or helpful and I don’t like adding to it’s attention but I think it puts an eye on something important, is this what a bully likes like when they are a mother and now on the playground with their own kids? […]

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Time together is priceless – Lessons from the Holidays


       Our First Christmas Home With the Kids For years now we have traveled to family or friends for the holidays, this year was our first in this house. It is also our last as we are soon moving. It was very different for all of us to not be traveling, no bags […]

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