It’s Not a Contest: When Things Feel Hard

It’s Not a Contest: When Things Feel Hard I met a mom yesterday. She has 4 kids – the youngest two are twins. I never had twins, so I turned to my friend Michelle whose twins are now 14.  “Are you having flashbacks?” I asked. She nodded in a way that said yes, and also hinted at a little PTSD that...

Getting to the root of homeschool struggles

Getting to the root of homeschool struggles Have you ever had a problem that you kept throwing money at? Last year, not long after moving, our family desiccated into mummies.  Not really, but my son and I especially were dealing with some serious dry skin. First, I went the Target route. I would go through the...

The Importance of Writing for Young Children

The Importance of Writing for Young Children Because of my years spent in the classroom, I get lots of questions from new homeschooling parents asking about expectations. Usually these questions are tinged with an edge of panic, as these (usually) moms want to teach all the things, but they quickly realize that...

Shelf space: Books to keep; books to cull

Shelf space: Books to keep; books to cull Last summer, I had given up looking for a new house. We’d been looking for months, which in house-hunting time feels like eons. We had seen so many oddities that I was losing hope. Finally, when we toured a house with side-by-side toilets I declared that I needed a...

Teaching Young Kids About Cultural Diversity

Teaching Young Kids About Cultural Diversity A new show arrived on the PBS Kids Network scene this past summer (I’ve written about another fabulous show on this network here) that got our family extra-excited due to its focus on an under-represented cultural group in the media. I’m sharing more information about...
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