Often families who choose to homeschool their children get questioned a lot about their choice and how it will affect their children. Many of the questions are centered around bias and misinformation, but one that might strike a nerve in even the most resolved homeschool parent is “aren’t you worried about your kids missing out on experiences that can only happen in ‘real’ school?” While there are certain experiences kids are better off not having, like bullying and constant peer pressure, there are some things that can be better experienced in a school setting.
Don’t lose your resolve just yet! There are plenty of ways you can make your homeschool experience seem just a little more like “normal” school. Read more
Even though we know that STEM subjects are the foundational subjects of the modern world, they are still subjects that can be easily ignored by children, and even well-meaning parents. But some of that ignorance can be attributed to the disconnect between the learning of STEM subjects and real-world application of that knowledge. Read more
With present-day technology, modern Christmas traditions have emerged and become a familiar part of our holiday celebrations. Open-air skating is a yearly event some families enjoy as it promotes wholesome fun and evokes a sense of nostalgia. Secret Santa is a popular gift-giving practice in many offices and communities. Even our morning coffee is tweaked during the holidays, with various cafés coming up with their special Christmas blends. While these are reflections of contemporary life, some of our other Christmas traditions are rich and storied, stemming from ancient religious and secular customs that have evolved through time and shaped the way we celebrate Christmas today. Read more
Every year as you wrap up your Christmas shopping, it happens. You’re double-checking your list and have almost everyone covered … except Uncle Tim and your best friend Jane. Again. We all have one or two of these folks in our lives, the ones who either seem to have it all or the ones who just don’t seem to like much of anything. It’s easy to get frustrated when considering gifts for either of these types, but don’t despair! Here are a few ideas to get your wheels turning for some of these special people in your life. Read more
Moving is hard enough on adults, so you can imagine how disruptive it can be for children. Thankfully, you can take steps to ease your children’s anxiety and worries, and make the move less stressful than it has to be. These tips and tricks can help make moving easier for both you and your children. Read more
A favorite Christmas tradition in many families is watching classic Christmas movies as the holiday season progresses. Your parents may have started the tradition with you, and you’ve continued the tradition with your own children. They’re the same movies every year, and while you never grow tired of them, there are ways you can make them more exciting and come alive for you and your kids. Read more
It may be freezing cold in most parts of the country, but winter doesn’t have to be the unhealthiest season of the year for everyone in the household. A good diet, a little exercise, a vacation, and gratitude will help beat those winter blues before they start.
Much to the delight of many kids throughout the country, snow fort and snowman building season is here. The kids are ready. Are you? Read more
As parents, often times we dread the discussion that many refer to as “the talk.” We see it not as an important introduction to growth and adulthood, but as a loss of innocence. We want to hold our little babies for as long as we can, and not give up their childhood.
Yet, we grow. We all do. And in this day and age – when it’s hard to hide our children from the terrors of the outside world – we need to teach them early to ensure that they become the best people we always want them to be.
Teaching them to be “the best” means something different for everyone, but empathy and critical thinking is something we all hope to share with our children. That is why I urge you, as parents, to teach your children the importance of consent at a young age. Even toddlers have the ability to learn and understand the importance of bodily autonomy. Read more