The world can bombard us with negatives: frightening news events, inconsiderate people, disappointing interactions. But research is showing that cultivating a sense of gratitude can help us switch our focus and remind us of the good things happening in our life right now. Establishing a daily practice of identifying “What Went Right Today,” and feeling … Continue reading Gratitude and Journals
Sometimes it helps to hear from those a little further down the path. When unschooled teens and young adults were surveyed in Homeschooled Teens (over 60% of the survey respondents were unschoolers!), they shared candidly about what their lives were like during their teenage years. Instead of seeing their family's educational choice as putting them at any … Continue reading Listening to the Teens
We don't live in an unschooling bubble, do we? Our kiddos have to get out there in the community and brush up with people who have no idea what we're trying to do. And while that's a good thing, in general, it can be tough when you're new to unschooling or feeling like you're on … Continue reading When People Quiz Your Kids
We are in the final month of having a teen in our family. It's really hard to believe that "the baby" is turning 20 next month. I mention this, because when they were younger, I never would have thought that "Parenting Tips" would even BE a necessity when kids are grown. Not so. They are … Continue reading Parenting… It Ain’t What It Used to Be!
Before May is over, I wanted to share another "mom" post. I wrote this for my Teen Time column in The Homeschooler, the new national magazine for homeschoolers! When people are uncomfortable, they tend to rely on axioms and phrases that may or may not have any validity at all. Raising teenagers can sometimes put … Continue reading “I’m not your Friend, I’m your Mother!”
I logged onto Facebook this morning to discover, thanks to the Peace Corps group, that TODAY is International Volunteer Day! They asked for anyone to share a story about their favorite volunteer. Well. That's easy for me! My favorite International Volunteer is my son, Michael Patterson. He is in his second year with the Peace … Continue reading Happy International Volunteer Day!
Lots of people come to unschooling wondering what it's all about. While some shake their head and fall back in line with more familiar ways of thinking, others are compelled to learn more about it. They read books, join email lists, engage with people at local parkdays. Unschoolers share how they've come to embrace the concept … Continue reading One Little Word