Category Archives: Parenting Techniques

Behavior and Consequences – Without Yelling or Tears

In mid-February, I looked into my daughter’s bedroom and realized I had had enough. “All the way, up to here, couldn’t stand the mess one more minute” kind of enough. “Clean your room,” had become a daily admonition, complete with … Continue reading

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Raising a Strong Woman

I have been thinking about strength and resiliency lately. What it takes to be strong, to bend with life’s misfortunes, to not break. And, raising a daughter, this has been especially important to me. I don’t want her to be … Continue reading

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Real World Math and…Fairies?

Real-World Math After flipping and flopping over how to teach math, I’ve settled on a plan of attack that seems to work. Real world math. These generally manifest in the form of word problems. Here are two from the other … Continue reading

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Drawing the Line

I hated to do it, but… Let me preface this by saying that, overall, both of my girls are amazing and wonderful. I’ve seen some kids who were a handful of rotten, and my girls aren’t. They have good hearts … Continue reading

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Raising Future Adults

I was barely eighteen when my daughter Danielle was born. And I was double that age when her little sister came along. Eighteen years is a long time to parent, and plan, but I don’t think anyone is every really … Continue reading

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The Perfect Age for Chores?

We have been implementing chores for nearly a full week now and I wanted to update everyone and talk about how it is going.Verbal reminders are necessary – It is the first week, and it has quickly become my custom … Continue reading

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You Are a Citizen of the Household

I learned how to vacuum at four years of age. At least that’s what my mother tells me. I don’t remember it, but it apparently directly followed my crumbling up an entire tub of Play-Doh into the shag carpet. Call … Continue reading

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The Value of Hard Work…and Learning to Save

No Payment for Chores In our house we do not pay for chores. As Joel Salatin writes in The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer, “Kids shouldn’t be paid for breathing.” As a member of the household, there are … Continue reading

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Encouraging Independence…Despite My Wishes

The other day my husband and I had the “should we have one more baby” talk. He asked me, “Tell me why you want another child.” I looked at him and said, “I can’t. Why do any of us want … Continue reading

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“It’s Just Easier This Way” – Easier for WHO?!

Every parent has a different technique, different approach, and the result is of course, very different children. We need those differences – it makes life more interesting. But there are times when I wish that I was not restricted by … Continue reading

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