Category Archives: Daily Conversations

Life Lesson 258: A Trip to the Dentist

It had been several years since Em had seen a dentist. A couple of months ago, she said, “Mom, I’ve got a dark spot on my tooth that doesn’t go away, no matter how much I brush it.” So I … Continue reading

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Raising Future Adults

A post by a friend on Facebook got me thinking, and not for the first time, on that inevitable day in the future when my little one flies out of the nest. She wrote… As I think about my sweet … Continue reading

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Kitchen Sink Homeschooling

I sometimes struggle with what to call our approach to homeschooling. Calling it laid-back homeschooling somehow implies at least some small degree of laziness. Calling it eclectic homeschooling seems negated by regimented aspects such as flash cards for math and … Continue reading

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The New Order

With work on The Cottage moving along at a sharp clip, and the Homes Tour looming over us in less than two weeks, I have been one distracted homeschooling mama. But I’ve also made a couple of mistakes that need … Continue reading

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Changing My Approach

As Em grows, her input is more and more necessary when it comes to planning our homeschool curriculum. For one, I want her to feel that she has some level of control over her schooling choices and what time she … Continue reading

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Wording it Right

  When I was a kid, my mother would say to me over and over, “You are so smart!” I’m pretty sure my dad did as well. Mom’s intentions were good – she had come from a home situation where … Continue reading

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You Can Talk to Me

When I was growing up, there were still the vestiges of “a child should be seen and not heard.” Despite this, my parents did try to talk to me, with me, and involve me in the realities of life. Lately … Continue reading

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Learning to Type by Touch

Memories of Learning How to Type I have fond memories of learning how to type by touch. I learned in middle school, in the eighth grade, on a manual typewriter that had the keys covered with black electrical tape. At … Continue reading

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Interesting Developments and Talking About College

In a more recent post I found myself questioning whether or not we can still consider ourselves¬†unschoolers. To me, unschooling means child-led learning, but then I have to wonder,¬†Is there a range here? So if I tell my child, ‘you … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day, New Homeschool Mommies and More

Next Time We Are Making Our Own! Gah! I have to say it again (having already said it to her), my friend Bethany was totally right. I teased her relentlessly on Facebook yesterday over her posts of making her own … Continue reading

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