My Homeschooling Rant for the Year

What irritates me is that if my kids are shy around strangers or don't want to try something new, people will blame it on homeschooling despite the fact that our schools are full of quirky, sometimes socially awkward, unmotivated and terribly misbehaved kids! I remember plenty of misfits, mean kids and bad kids in my high … Continue reading My Homeschooling Rant for the Year

Susan Cain on the Power of Introverts

I have already written about my thoughts on introverts in my post, "Introverts and Coffeeshops."  In that post, I reviewed Introvert Power by Laurie Helgoe, PhD, which is a great book on this subject. I am introverted, my husband is introverted, and I know that at least my eldest son is probably introverted.  But it's sometimes … Continue reading Susan Cain on the Power of Introverts

Homeschooling and Socialization

my boys playing with their cousins during a trip to Chicago Note: This column was printed the Barrow Journal on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. The biggest criticism against homeschooling is what many people feel is its “lack of socialization.”  Critics believe children ought to spend their whole day in a classroom of peers, and they give no thought … Continue reading Homeschooling and Socialization

On Homeschooling, Socialization and Religion

Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on September 12, 2012.  It was also posted on the newspaper's website, which you can view by clicking here. I've had a number of people ask me advice on how to meet other homeschoolers.  To be frank, these parents were discouraged at their efforts to meet … Continue reading On Homeschooling, Socialization and Religion

Happy Birthday Six-year-old

Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on August 22, 2012. In a few days TODAY the “five-year-old” becomes the “six-year-old.”  In a flash he has grown taller, more able-bodied, and smarter.  And if those first two sentences sound familiar, that means you read my column last week. (Thanks!)  Yes, my two boys birthdays are one … Continue reading Happy Birthday Six-year-old

Introverts and Coffeeshops

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on July 4, 2012. It can only be divine intervention that has brought me to this café/coffeeshop this morning to write a column.  Alone.  Sans Children.  Actually, it’s because my five-year-old is in camp, and my wonderful husband volunteered to take the two-year-old to the park. … Continue reading Introverts and Coffeeshops