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”

Blocking the Slide

Who is the better parent?  The parent following along and playing with their kid at the playground, or the parent sitting on the bench, staring at their phone, more or less ignoring their child while she climbs and plays? My answer is, of course, I have no idea.  There are far too many variables for … Continue reading “Blocking the Slide”

Volcanoes!

While studying education I was taught how important it is that we teach children ideas in a connected way.  Children learn so much better when what their learning is connected to something they already know, and have been thinking about.  Also, it’s best to connect ideas across the different areas of development. If you’re doing … Continue reading “Volcanoes!”

Parenting on Purpose

  Parenting is difficult. Teaching children is difficult.  And our society makes it so much more difficult than it needs to be.  Parents and caregivers use wildly different methods, philosophies, styles, and systems.  Many of these parenting methods flatly oppose one another. It is not possible to make parenting or childcare choices that fit everyone’s … Continue reading “Parenting on Purpose”

Expecting Less, Getting More

Expectations are the enemy of parental happiness This is an idea I’ve come across in various places, and I find it to be absolutely true.  Embracing the concept of unschooling has been a gradual process of letting go of any and all expectations I have about parenting in general, and education in particular.  I still … Continue reading “Expecting Less, Getting More”