My Path to Unschooling

No assignments.  No lectures. No homework.  No tests.  No grades. No academic work required, ever. Children are allowed to do as they will with their time.  There are rules that are in place for practical reasons, but within those rules kids are allowed to do literally whatever they want.  Screen time all day long? Go … Continue reading “My Path to Unschooling”

Stuck at home with kids? Try ‘strewing’

Schools throughout the country are closed.  Kids are home with their family.  And all of a sudden, my Facebook feed is filled with parents asking for help, seeking activity ideas for their bored, stressed children.  There are usually some wonderful suggestions – links to online resources, and suggestions of great activities like cooking together, play … Continue reading “Stuck at home with kids? Try ‘strewing’”

Christmas Feelings

Christmas morning.  At long last. Safe to say, nothing in Cat’s life up until now can begin to compare with today’s excitement. A month of growing anticipation. Surrounded by Christmas everywhere, wherever we go.   Go to the store and it’s suddenly become a Christmas wonderland. The plaza where she rides her bike is decked out in … Continue reading “Christmas Feelings”

Christmas Unicorns and the Certainty of Death

Christmas is coming, and my family absolutely loves Christmas lights. I leave the job of putting up the lights in Dove’s capable and enthusiastic hands.  Each year, he puts up the lights that we already have, and adds something new. This year was the first that he selected one of those inflatable lawn decorations.  A … Continue reading “Christmas Unicorns and the Certainty of Death”

Cucumber Kitty Defense

Cat was crying – shouting in frustration and panic.  I immediately went to investigate. She was in the kitchen, holding a plastic garbage bag in front of her legs and trying to fend off the kitten, who was engaged in a frenzied game of trying to get her toes through the plastic.  When she saw … Continue reading “Cucumber Kitty Defense”

One and Only

Cat is an only child, and now and again we get comments.  “Lucky kid.” folks sometimes comment. “She gets her parents’ attention all to herself.”  And they’re right. Cat definitely enjoys having both of us to herself most of the time. “Poor kid.” they say. “No brothers or sisters to play with.” And they’re right.  … Continue reading “One and Only”