In June while driving into San Francisco to meet up with my son and the UnCollege team, I got caught in a huge traffic jam. I fiddled with the radio, finally getting a signal for KQED and began listening to an interview and call in session with Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Stanford dean of freshman … [Read more...] about Review: How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims
I’m weepy today. 13 years ago today my father passed away. Dad loved to joke, to dance, to party. To have a good time. To bring home treats. Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, the Twist. My math brain comes from him. Sadness and loss. But of course, there's more to it. Good memories and also … [Read more...] about What’s the Formula for Forgiveness?
To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one. -Anonymous, Chinese sayingWhat are you reading today? A new friend? Or are you meeting an old one?Does your child love to have the same book read to them … [Read more...] about What are you reading today?
How do we help our children be happy, successful, self-directed learners? How do we help them love learning and want to learn all life long?That was the question I wanted to discuss last week at the HSC.org annual conference. And so did other parents, some with toddlers, middles, tweens and … [Read more...] about How do we help our children be happy, successful, self-directed learners?
Q: Wow, Dale cooks. How did you do that?How do you cultivate the joy of cooking? How do you teach your kid to cook so they keep on cooking? I get this question a lot. Especially from folks who have seen Dale happily take a turn cooking at a gathering, hosting a dinner party, or posting a … [Read more...] about How do you cultivate the joy of cooking? 7 Ideas to Help Raise a Kid that Cooks.
Q: How did you approach math with Dale? What programs did your husband want Dale to use as the math became more advanced? A: Find ways to use math everyday and make math meaningful and fun! Here is a sampling of tips, activities, and resources we used while Dale was growing up and when we were … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Use Math Everyday: Tips and Resources
I talked with a mom of a sweet 17 month old thinking ahead about homeschooling or unschooling. I think her question will resonate with many of us so I put the answer on the blog. She said she felt sure she wanted to make the choice, but she still worries about whether she will know what her child … [Read more...] about I Worry: What if I Don’t Know How to Help My Child?