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3 Alternatives to Elf on the Shelf to Inspire Kindness

3 Alternatives to Elf on the Shelf to Inspire Kindness

Many years ago, we tried the Elf on the Shelf. It was a desperate parenting move; I had a newborn, a toddler, and a brazen 3-year-old. In our case, the Elf on the Shelf backfired. That scoundrel caused far more trouble than he was worth.

If you are in a similar boat, or if you are just in need of an alternative, I have three fantastic options for you. Read More

My Favorite Milestone: And Why I Love Brave Writer

My Favorite Milestone: And Why I Love Brave Writer

Last Thursday, my youngest son read his first three books to me. As a bibliophile and homeschool mom, building a love of written language has been on my mind from the beginning. That is why I chose Brave Writer as our homeschool language arts curriculum. I know, without a doubt, that Brave Writer helped us to grow a love of the written word in our children. Read More

Raising a Sensitive Boy

Raising a Sensitive Boy

When you have a sensitive boy in your family, you may feel torn between wanting to protect him from those pressures, and wanting to help him build a thicker skin. There’s a fine line, however, between strengthening his resiliency, and making him feel as though he’s not good enough the way he is Read More

Poetry Doesn’t Have to Be Scary… And Here’s Why

Poetry Doesn’t Have to Be Scary… And Here’s Why

When I was a little girl, I loved poetry. Somewhere along the path to adulthood, I became disconnected from poetry… until I had children. And now, as an unexpected homeschooler, I find myself appreciating poetry in a way I hadn’t before. Thanks to the Brave Writer curriculum we love, we make space for poetry every week! Today, I’m sharing our family’s favorite titles and a few tips for adding poetry to your homeschool routine! Read More

When News Is Nightmarish: Parenting Sensitive Souls

When News Is Nightmarish: Parenting Sensitive Souls

Let’s face it: The news is scary.

It’s always been scary, but it has certainly upped the ante recently.

And this week? Downright painful.

When I was in 6th grade, I remember reading about Darwin and the theory of natural selection. I was wholly fascinated by it all. I fantasized about traveling to the Galapagos one day. I wanted to swim with the sea turtles and make important discoveries.

And then the Gulf War hit. Read More