"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
Written four years ago, this hit the nail on the head about our then-current homeschool status. Or lack of. Or exactly like we like it. I'm not a huge fan of the term "unschooling". It seems irresponsible. Like I don't care what my kids are learning or as though I am not invested … Continue reading The Unschool Journey: A Four Year Throwback
Perhaps you read Unschool Day and your kids attend a traditional school -- can unschool philosophies play a role in your life? I am well versed in the mainstream educational model and I think even a touch of unschool mentality can work wonders during the school day. Teach your children experiences are more important than … Continue reading 10 Ways to Unschool a Traditional Schooler
Our unschool day is defined by our flexibility, willingness to follow our own path and a great desire for my children to feel in control of their lives. Today was an especially busy day swimming and tubing with our Wild + Free group at a local freshwater spring. The day began early with lots of … Continue reading Chore Time: Ask for help rather than demand compliance.
When I had two toddlers, I recall being in awe of parents who remained calm and kind, regardless of recent kid drama. I admired their style but couldn't quite master it myself. I'll never forget the time Mr.8 was just a little guy and somehow fingernail polish spilled all over a friend's guest room comforter … Continue reading Positive Discipline: Respond vs. React
*Click here to read more about my ongoing Positive Discipline series.* As I've discussed many times before, my children and I spend lots of time together. Most of our time is totally unstructured and everyone is hanging around the house doing their own thing. This works well for our family but no matter how good … Continue reading Positive Discipline: Relationship vs. Behavior
*Click here to read more about my ongoing Positive Discipline series.* Our unschool day is also a Positive Discipline day. With lots of support from real-life local friends and a PD Facebook group comprised of my gentle mother friends in Mississippi, we have changed the culture of discipline in our little family. No longer do … Continue reading Positive Discipline and Unschooling