Manners and Honor

Why do good parents spend so much effort teaching their children manners? Manners are what gets you through stressful situations successfully. Manners kick in when you are at your limit, or beyond, and are ready to lose control. In emotional family situations, which I think can be the most stressful …

Grace

Last night I sat around the dinner table with my family, reestablishing conversation and relationships while a missing man hovered in everyone’s thoughts. My youngsters had managed well throughout the day, but were now giddy with the stress of a new life without their Grandpa and all the change that …

I (we) Did That!

My daughter has struggled with spelling all her life. Before we left the cesspit that was our local public school, she had been convinced that she could not ever learn to spell. I have tried more spelling curricula than I care to count in an effort to find one which …

Russian Honeycakes

Friday is our catchup day for work the kids didn’t manage over the week. It is a way to stretch them without pushing. If all their work is done, we do something fun. This was the first Friday in a long time that everyone was caught up so while they …

The Art of Gently

After years of working to first ‘deschool’ my kids and then rekindling a love of learning, we are finally there. Both kids love learning but more importantly they relish a challenge. Now it is my turn for reform… Yesterday I was cleaning the dishes while the Hub took the kids for …

Heros

Who will be the one to stand up and do something when we need a hero? How do you teach your kids the value of self-confidence? We are doing it with stories. Stories of their grandfather, stories of history, and stories of the ancients. We are using a method for …