This post comes by request after Tikeetha read a post on perception determining your reality. She asked for tips on shaping your child’s perception when they tend to focus more on the negative than the positive. This is something adults and children alike struggle with. If children can be taught how to deal with this from an early age, it will be something that can serve them well as they grow. I’m going to share my personal practice I’ve used to train my brain to pay attention to the positive things. These tips will be a combination of what you can do as the parent in addition to what you can teach your child.
One thing I particularly enjoy about homeschooling is the approach of child-lead learning. While I’ve decided to order curriculum to make planning easier for me, there are so many opportunities to teach. You don’t have to be a homeschooled family to do it either. For instance, my girls and I read The Boxcar Children before they go to bed. We were reading a chapter about the kids needing to write but they didn’t have a pen to write with. I asked my daughter what they could use instead of a pen given their circumstances. Continue reading “Child-lead Memory-making Learning”
I’ve seen myself grow and go through changes as a parent. When I first became a mom, I thought my role as a parent was one of a dictator. I made all decisions, set all of the rules, and had to demand compliance no matter what. Luckily, a few years into parenting right when I actually had to start putting things into action, I discovered Continue reading “Travel Agent vs Tour Guide Parenting”
I was recently considering enrolling my daughter in a local Waldorf school. I absolutely loved everything about it but after weighing the pros and cons, it’s not going to work for our family at this time. Instead, I’ve decided to utilize a Waldorf inspired curriculum to homeschool this year. Continue reading “Oak Meadow here we come!”
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I have two young kids and I’m not going to lie, sometimes it can really be a challenge! A couple of years ago, I purchased a book that I found incredibly helpful. My husband and I read it together and found it to be a very good tool in our parenting toolbox. You know how it is, things got busy, we stopped reading regularly and then forgot about the book. We’re at a point that we found ourselves reaching for our toolbox and the chapter we left off on was the perfect tool for the issue! Continue reading “Parenting Book Club!”
One thing I don’t particularly enjoy doing is grocery shopping. It’s a necessary evil, I know but hear me out. I plan the meals, make the list, prep the food, cook it, serve it, I think I can get away without shopping for it. That being said, after not stepping foot in a grocery store for months, I do enjoy going every now and then because it feels new. The funny thing is, I never know what I’m going to get. My husband inevitably mixes things up or just forgets to grab ingredients. That’s considering I send him with a checklist organized by the order he’ll find things in the aisles. Continue reading “Groceries & Family Dynamics”
As a kid, I remember spending a lot of time playing outside. I lived in a small town in Germany and we had a large yard to play in. I spent a lot of my afterschool and weekends playing make-believe outside, running, riding my bike, and in the yard. My mom could see us from the kitchen window and we would have the kids that lived down the street come play. Continue reading “Playful Memories”
I’ve done a couple of posts to brag about your partner on the relationship posts on Saturdays. I thought it would be fun to do the same about our kids. Parenting is a hard job and I know I have days that I get frustrated, irritated, or just wonder what I’m doing wrong. Continue reading “Brag About Your Kids!”
This mama’s soul was set on fire a few days ago! Personally, I’m not a fan of conventional education systems. Too much value is placed on achievement, grades, and collective progress. Not enough value is placed on developing strategies and providing tools that will serve kids as they get older. Kids are taught with the intention of passing standardized tests. As a parent, I’m more interested in my children learning to utilize tools, come up with strategies, and work through processes in ways they can apply to any area of their lives. It’s my belief that school should be a place that helps children develop as individuals and supports their development to adapt to the real world. What I see in school is a place where children are generally expected to conform, do things the same way, and are measured by the results. Continue reading “Waldorf Education”
As a parent, I know that the best way to teach my kids is to lead by example. I make sure to keep the line of communication open and have heart to hearts with my girls regularly but it’s what I do that they really remember.
Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Continue reading “Cheating, Character, & Consequences”