Positive Discipline: “Can I have a hug?”

"Can I have a hug?" or "do you need a hug?" is a hallmark of Positive Discipline.  The physical connection between parent and child is powerful and can not be underestimated.  For an upset or struggling child, a hug is grounding and a reminder they don't have to shoulder their big emotions alone.  For the … Continue reading Positive Discipline: “Can I have a hug?”

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First Lessons in Economics

The entrepreneur bug hit this unschool house big time today.  And this time, I'm making sure proper economic terms are used to describe the business actions taking place.   Mr.9 and I discussed how he didn't have to put out any money on supplies or manpower in order to create his home-made Pokemon cards so … Continue reading First Lessons in Economics

#2. Take care of yourself today: The Magic of Friendship

Community is important, especially in the form of like-minded homeschool families.  Coming from a small town to a big city, a new homeschool community was top priority but remained elusive. We immediately got to know our neighbors and that was helpful but that core group of people to count on in times of need, especially … Continue reading #2. Take care of yourself today: The Magic of Friendship

Teaching Love in Spite of Hate: Shameful Race Relations

As a native Mississippian, I am very sensitive about racial disparities and racial conflicts.  I read slave narratives and learn about the Civil Rights movement from varying vantage points because seeing through the lens of the less-privileged is important as my privilege often clouds my view of difficult situations.  I am the first generation in … Continue reading Teaching Love in Spite of Hate: Shameful Race Relations

Positive Discipline: No Punishments and No Rewards

"No punishment and no rewards" seems overwhelming without understanding the big picture of Positive Discipline:  children making good choices because it's the right thing to do.  Of course, kids will be kids . . . and adults will be adults . . . so perfection is not required of anyone but the big goal always … Continue reading Positive Discipline: No Punishments and No Rewards