Time to become

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If there is anything that Yellowstone has taught us, it is patience.  Quiet, pleasant patience. That things take time, and sometimes the time is long and that rushing does no good. Last week, it rained and rained.  And rained.  It was wonderful.  I am grateful for ponchos and sweatshirts.  The chilly weather gave us a…

Learning from failure

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View of the Tetons from Sawtell Peak Trail. We were all a little summit hungry after Mt. Washburn. Wildflowers in bloom on Sawtell. So, we attempted another summit.  Longer hike, less elevation gain.  It seemed like a good balance. However, we arrived during what I can only describe as a massive swarm of bees and…

That rare treat: idle time

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This article hits the nail on the head…this is why we un-enrolled from so many things.  The kids were stressed out and too busy.  When people ask me why we don’t take advantage of more after-school programs and why we don’t do more, I tell them that I am tired of telling my kids that…

Rivers

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“I feel that there is something in having passed one’s childhood beside the big river that is incommunicable to those who have not.” – T.S. Eliot What will your child’s “big river” be?

Listen in Addition

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As an unschooling mom, I hate all things involving drills.  Though I know it is a commonly used technique to master math facts, I prefer to look for other ways to get my kids familiar with math. Two things seem to be prevalent when successful learning takes place in our home: a no-stress environment, and…

Some great thoughts on socialization

Socialization is something that is so bizarrely over-worried for our children now.  I feel that children are so forced into unnatural socialization that they’ve forgotten how to let it naturally evolve.  But enough about what I think for today. Nicole Shiffler recently published two great blog posts (here and here) about socialization and her children.…

To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.

Simon Weil

Don’t be afraid to fail!

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This.  In this brilliant article, Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle writes about a conversation with a young girl in 10th grade.  This girl is so afraid of not getting an “A” that she is afraid to try anything new.  In our current system of education, kids almost have to get a 4.0 to feel like they…

Fighting for childhood

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I don’t really know what to say in this post.  I feel so frustrated that in this current society, we have to fight to let our children have a childhood.  When did it become the norm to steal that from them? When did it stop becoming okay for a child to spend the day in…

The Cosmos – back and better than ever

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Did you grow up having your mind blown by Carl Sagan and The Cosmos?  I did. I can still remember the sleepy, dream-like state of my mind, stretching into the universe, brought on by that signature voice. There is only one popular scientist I’ve ever enjoyed more than good old Carl, and I can’t believe…

Nurturing constructive boredom: take away the TV for a while

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“Any parent who has punished a child by taking away TV privileges and then watched that child play–slowly at first, then imaginatively, freely–will recognize the connection between time, boredom, and creativity.  ‘There’s something about television–maybe that it provides so much in the way of audio and visual stimulations that children don’t have to generate very…