Category Archives: Parenting Techniques

“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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Best Friends – You Can Have More Than One

At the very core of homeschool is the challenging of assumptions. We challenge such beliefs as: “real” learning only happens in schools children need to learn social skills from their peers parents can’t be teachers And a few weeks ago, … Continue reading

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Life Skills – Using Xacto Blades, Vacuums and Measuring Cups

The other day Emily pulled out her Play-Doh and got to work on the office floor. The office doubles as our ‘homeschool room’ and so all of her crafts, educational books, computer, et cetera are in here. Recently she was … Continue reading

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Further Thoughts on The Inverse Power of Praise

This book is really getting to me. You know the old adage, ‘try, try, and try again’ – well Nurture Shock goes on to say in “The Inverse Power of Praise” chapter that: “…the ability to repeatedly respond to failure … Continue reading

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And When They Cry…

With every value in our children that we prize, there is usually an equal drawback. If we expect honesty, sometimes we will find they are too honest…”Mama, why is that lady so fat?” (said at a volume the victim can … Continue reading

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NurtureShock – The Inverse Power of Praise

Just a quick note for today. I’ve got to get back to reading! After delaying for way too long I am finally getting to read NurtureShock and am currently on the first chapter “The Inverse Power of Praise.” How often … Continue reading

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You Are Being Bossy

Do you ever hear your own words, thoughts, or mannerisms come out of your small children? Does it ever strike you as annoying, presumptuous, or make you feel just a bit embarrassed? Emily farts, makes a big deal of it, … Continue reading

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Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Concoctions

Funny how one internet search will lead to another. I was on Google Analytics checking out my stats for both blogs and ran across something labeled Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Coloring Pages. I never found the coloring pages, which I would … Continue reading

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The Question of Santa Claus

“Mama, is Santa Claus real?” Emily asked me recently. I paused for a moment, reflecting on my own experiences as a child. I remember whispering to my Kindergarten teacher that “Santa wasn’t real” with cool confidence, feeling very grown up. … Continue reading

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Giving Choices, Creating a Connection, Making Time

While I’m working on that whole ‘patience’ angle (translated: waiting for the books to arrive so I can read them) I’ve been taking some notes on changes I feel need to be made. Basically, I’ve still felt rather…lost…on the whole … Continue reading

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