Note: This column appeared in the Barrow Journal on March 25, 2015. I hear a lot about clutter. It’s a buzzword for stay-at-home moms and probably any parent my age. Kids come with a lot of clutter, and shucks, if you’ve lived in the same place for long enough, you’ll accumulate plenty of clutter with … Continue reading Not All Clutter Is Equal
Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on April 17, 2013. One day when I was pregnant with my first child, I stepped into the entryway of a neighbor’s home. She homeschooled her children, and, in fact, she’s the person I learned about homeschooling from, but at the time, I wasn’t considering homeschooling. I hadn’t … Continue reading Embracing the Chaos
Never miss an opportunity to let your children help with the housework, especially if they volunteer.... And remember, it's not how well they get the job done.... Praise the effort. Praise yourself for raising self-sufficient children! And for goodness sake, have fun!
Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on June 20, 2012. Mothers of young children often lament how they can’t get anything done. What they mean by this is how they can’t seem to get the laundry, house cleaning, or cooking done, or, if they do another kind of work, they can’t find … Continue reading Cleaning the House with Young Children