Tag archives for comparing kids

  1. The best thing about unschooling.


    I posted recently about what, in my opinion, is the hardest thing about unschooling. Today, I wanted to share a snapshot of the best thing: joyful learning.  Learning that changes and expands horizons.  Learning that sticks. This little 9-year-old wants to build things. Ever since she saw Handy Manny at age 4, she has wanted…

  2. The hardest thing about unschooling.


    It’s not other people’s concern and comments over socialization and “keeping up.” It’s not the worry that you’re doing it wrong. It’s not the moments when your kids are bored and trying to figure out what’s next. It’s not the constant work of making sure your kids have what they need to explore their various…

  3. Labeling kids: let them choose their own

    This right here is one of the things I love most about unschooling. Strengths are the focus and drive of our lives, not our weaknesses or struggles. Every weakness is a strength in disguise, and I believe that unschooling gives my children the chance to figure that out.

  4. Everything has equal value


    One thing that I have committed to myself, again and again, is allowing each interest and each possible topic or “subject” in my children’s learning to have equal weight.  In the education of my children, I agree with Sir Ken Robinson that creativity is as important as literacy. Creativity can come into play in any…

  5. Little boxes no more

    I’ve been absent from this space for a while, mostly because there have been some amazing changes in our family over the past month: we’ve moved out of the suburbs and into the mountains.  It’s late and I’m tired, and I can’t wait to go into it all very soon, but I just want to…

  6. Even parents who wish to take a lower-key approach to child rearing fear slowing down when they perceive everyone else is on the fast track.  

    Kenneth R. Ginsburg, Pediatrics Journal, 2007

  7. Allowing kids to be themselves


    We were at the library today (hence the Instagram pictures instead of real ones :) ).  My 8-year-old and my 6-year-old came to me, wanting help to find something new to read.  They were ready for something new. I got excited, hoping to introduce them to some of my old favorites.  I offered Charlotte’s Web…

  8. Praise each child individually for what that child is, and help him or her escape our culture’s obsession with comparing, competing, and never feeling we are ‘enough.’

    Jeffrey R. Holland

  9. Competition, love, and reading


    When we first decided to homeschool, my oldest was three.  I felt so judged by everyone and everything.  It was a hard time.  I felt like I was going to prove to the world that I was right and that my child was brilliant, and I would do that by turning her into a genius.…