This week my 4 year old daughter gave herself a hair cut. Yep, all of her lovely golden curls, that took nearly 3 years to grow, are now gone. But you know what? I didn’t yell and I’m OK with it. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure statement for more information. […]
Perfectionism has reared its ugly head again. Not that it has ever completely left. Oh, no…but some days…weeks…months are easier than others. Helping Our Perfectionist Child Our son has been a perfectionist since he was a small child. Of all the things I could have passed on to my offspring…blue eyes, long legs, cunning wit…perfectionism and […]
This past homeschool year has been fraught with ups and downs for our family. We have had other homeschoolers join us daily for adventures, we have taken college courses, we have had fun with experiments, we have read some wonderful books, we have struggled with asychronisity, we have dealt with sickness and loss of family and friends, we moved from our community to a farm, and we have adjusted. Through it all we’ve made compromises and come closer as a family. Even our homeschool has shifted. Is it still unschooling?
The thoughts of summer camp bring to mind images of children laughing, playing, and learning all while enjoying the unique experiences that only summer camp can offer. But, what if you have an asynchronous kid that struggles with anxiety? What then, Mama?
Wow, I can hardly believe that I started this blog a year ago. We have had so many adventures, challenges and accomplishments since January 1st. Here is a look back at our top 10 most popular blog post of 2015.
It has been a pretty hard week for us as a family and for me personally. Our regular readers know that our daughter, Jade, has been fighting a virus for a few weeks now. We had gone to Urgent Care last week. We were told we were doing everything right, but to keep an eye on her ears. They feared that she may develop an ear infection.
Parenting is hard…. there, I said it. Homeschooling is hard…. yes, I said it. Unschooling is hard…. oh yes, I said that too. All of these are hard jobs folks. They are marathons not sprints. It takes years for you to see the outcomes of whatever it is you are doing right now in this moment. Years of tiny little moments adding up and filling this little person you are raising. No pressure.
While on our holiday in Tennessee my two sisters and I made a trip to Gatlinburg. We were going to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies with the children. I wasn’t sure if our daughter, Jade, was old enough to really enjoy it. So, when we got there and she excitedly showed us the fossil marks in the walkway, I knew she was going to have fun.
Here is Mom wearing no makeup. She’s stressed from a play date gone horribly wrong. She has the beginnings of a headache. She has holes and spills on her shirt and pants. She has diaper cream in her hair. She loses her temper. She questions her abilities as a mother. She has doubts and fears.
Our toddler, Jade, is the most precious little girl I have ever known. I know I’m biased, but I did give birth to her, so…..yeah. Anyway, as precious as this precocious little girl is I have begun to notice certain traits of hers that confound me. I mean, I don’t remember my son behaving this way. Ever. Of course it’s been five years since he was a toddler, so it is possible that I have simply forgotten… So, I’ve been thinking, “What if I acted like my toddler?”