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
Selfies seemed to emerge with the younger set crying out, "Look at me!" And why not? Life is exciting and fun - and they look great. But then I read about the 365 feminist selfie project. This seemed to be women in their 20-30's reclaiming "beauty" and showing people what they look like without make-up in … Continue reading Taking Selfies to a New Level
Studies are showing the importance of playing. We've read Peter Gray's fabulous work on the topic. Research is indicating that not only will play lead to more creativity, but it also will help with problem-solving and critical thinking skills. When Michael, now 25, was forced to sit in a classroom all day for Kindergarten and 1st … Continue reading Your Brain on Play
"Buy this, and your kids will be smarter!" "Use this, you'll be more organized!" "Get this series and you will unleash their inner genius!" Or something like that. Ahh... the lure of curriculum. Marketing has targeted our community for some time now. Advertisers realize that while we are an independent lot, we still harbor a lot … Continue reading The Curriculum Crutch
Back in the '90's when the internet was still young... We had loaded up our car and we were moving to Alaska. Really. We were. My husband was in the Air Force and we had decided that on this move, we'd make the break with the school system and set out on our homeschooling adventure! An … Continue reading Our Own Curriculum Wars
Over the years, moms have shared ways to cleverly remove themselves from awkward situations. One of these methods is frequently referred to as, “Pass the Bean Dip.” The saying was circulated a lot on message boards from the late 1990's and early 2000's. Some attribute the saying to someone named Joanne at The Well-Trained Mind … Continue reading Pass the Bean Dip?
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