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.
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