If there’s one New Year’s resolution I make this year, it will be to remember that my actions have a larger meaning than I usually give them credit for. Without my knowing it, something I said, did or wrote could affect someone miles away, long after I’m gone. I hope you’ll remember that too. You matter. We all matter.
One of my best Christmas presents was a request from my husband that we buy ourselves some new hiking boots and begin to make hiking a priority and a ritual in this family. Yahoo! A mutual love of hiking was part of why I fell for my fella, and we used to go on day hikes … Continue reading Hiking 101: Getting the Family Into Nature
Note: This column appeared in the Barrow Journal on December 22, 2011. Last week we trimmed the tree, or, actually, my five-year-old trimmed the tree. I assembled it and put the lights on, and then he put on every single ornament by himself. He got very irritated with me if I tried to put one on. … Continue reading The Best Christmas Gifts For This Tired Mama
A while back I wrote about my desire to make new family traditions for my family, and December seems like a great time to do that. However, I have to admit, I have kept this December extremely simple and I've done nothing to intentionally start anything new.
Since I have two boys, I cannot help but be interested in information to help me understand the unique needs of boys. Below is a list of books and online resources that I have found, and I plan to add to this list as I find more. I hope you'll contribute to this by leaving … Continue reading Worthy Reads about Raising and Educating Boys
For me, doing “child-led learning” means introducing my boys to a variety of books, places, classes, stories, and people. I am a facilitator and mentor. As we explore the world together, I’m going to observe what they love the most. When they gain interest in a particular subject, I’m going to let them delve into it further, and I’m going to do everything I can to help them learn more about it until they are satisfied. I expect some interests may peter out and others may be life-long passions.
The law only requires a parent to possess a high school diploma or equivalent to homeschool their child, but there are many other qualifications a parent needs to homeschool. I’m not talking about higher education. I’m talking about a commitment to their child and to fostering an environment of learning.
When I was a child, my parents had a copy of Art Linkletter's book Kids Say the Darndest Things, and I loved reading it. Now that I have my own children, I'm enjoying listening to all their jibber-jabber, "information" they impart to me, and my five-year-old's endless questions, which I actually love. I thought I … Continue reading Kids Say The Darndest Things
Recently I read the book The Secret of Happy Children by Steve Biddulph, which is an oldie but goodie in the world of parenting books. The title appealed to me because like every mother, I want my kids to be happy. I also like the fact that it’s not a long book, and Biddulph writes with ease and humor.
gift ideas for that homeschooled child on your list.