This book makes me want to get on a soapbox and shout: read this! I want us to take a look at how we use praise, rewards, power, control and coercion, even inadvertently, on a daily basis. I want us to have the courage to take steps to make changes that will truly help our … Read more Book Review: Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn
Jane Andraka is warm, funny, and down-to-earth mom, who happens to be, according to Forbes magazine, “a genius at raising brilliant kids.” Her sons Luke and Jack have been taking the science and engineering world by storm, while still in their teens. Her younger son Jack developed a break-through, simple test for pancreatic cancer … Read more Parenting Tips from Jack Andraka’s Mom, Jane: Showing up and Keeping it Real
My nest is empty but my heart is full of: Love and pride in the amazing human being that is ready to loosen or break the apron strings,spread their wings and fly. Appreciation for the interesting, joyful, fun adult companion and friend they have become in addition to being my baby. Sadness to see them … Read more Empty Nest, Full Heart
My 25th wedding anniversary is in two days. Summer solstice time. Time to reflect. I read my vows and get teary. They are so great. Sweet. Naive. We spent so many hours at the beach, sifting through beautiful, smooth stones as we discussed, chewed on, wrangled, and negotiated over what we wanted to say, … Read more What’s Love Got to Do With It?
This post was written when I saw the Unschooling Blog Carnival’s June Theme Celebrating Fatherhood. I realized I don’t express my appreciation enough and decided I wanted to chime in. I get lot of strokes for being Dale’s unschooling mom . But really, I couldn’t have done it without Pierre. Dad went to work while … Read more Ode to an Unsung Hero
There are so many people I would love to acknowledge for their support, influence, and contribution to our parenting experiment. I know if I started naming names I would invariably forget to include someone and maybe hurt some feelings. Which I would never, ever want to do. First, of course thank you to our mothers, … Read more A Mother’s Day Thank You