Moving: “Oh? Upsizing?” Nope!

During the process of selling our house and buying a new one, I read a lot about downsizing. Apparently, it’s not just for retirees anymore. There is a real trend happening where young families are trading in large homes for smaller ones or choosing to buy smaller homes from the start, many times located in the…

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Homeschooling: ENTP/ENFP learning style

I’ve started researching learning styles. Our #1 son is doing great with school, but I think there is always room to improve the process. Most children in the early elementary school years love being active and have a hard time sitting still. This isn’t necessarily along biological gender lines, but boys tend to be more prone to…

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Adult privilege

Remember those memes that were going around (and still probably are) of all these rules dad had for dating his daughter? It rubbed me the wrong way because it clearly expressed archaic, unhealthy ways on how to respond when your daughter inevitably starts dating. I recently saw another one that showed a wonderful alternative, here. Not only do…

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Homeschooling: Curriculum Evolution

I would say my education philosophy hovers somewhere between straight unschooling and eclectic homeschooling. So while I never gave myself ulcers trying to keep up on every jot of the curriculum I outlined for us last Fall, it was still too structured and not very exciting for #1 son. DH and I put our brains…

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Parenting choices and religion

Several months ago, I was interviewed by The Voluntary Life, a podcast hosted by Jake (who lives in the UK). The topic was about raising your children without religion, when you yourself was raised in a religious home. It was a great interview and I meant to blog about it, but it was a busy…

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Supporting your child’s interests

I read a post today on a blog called Project-based Homeschoooling (go there please, it’s awesome) about basically the advantages of not just encouraging, but actively supporting your child’s interests. The second comment on the post touched a chord in me. As a teen, the person was essentially manipulated by a school counselor into going…

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Labels

I follow a blogger who unschools her children and can best be described as a liberal Christian. I mostly like a lot of her pieces on spanking and children, as she advocates not using corporal punishment. In one of her latest FB statuses, she says she read another post from a blogger that referred to…

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Yup, still nursing

It’s World Breastfeeding Week. With the exception of five months, I’ve been lactating for the past four years. I nursed my #1 son, who is now 4-years-old, until he was 2.5 and I currently nurse my #2 son (he is 15 months). Without knowing much about breastfeeding, I dived into it with my first son….

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