I know I'm not the only parent to struggle with teaching my children gratitude in the face of constant consumer pressure. Our culture preaches more more more while my parenting instincts scream less less less. Our children are bombarded with the precept "more is better" and the expectation of instant gratification. Few children I know … Continue reading Positive Discipline: greedy vs. grateful
Life with Mr.4 has not been easy lately. He is quick to anger, quick to lash out in his anger and quick to retaliate against his siblings. Most days, I can stay calm and help him. But, some days I just can't. Today was one of those days. I reacted out of my anger rather … Continue reading Positive Discipline: Forgiveness
"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?”
"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.