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Don’t Homeschool! You Can’t Shelter Your Kid From The Real World!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Homeschooling | Comments

Don’t Homeschool! You Can’t Shelter Your Kid From The Real World!

So this week, a charming thing happened. Three school districts in Rhode Island received graphic bomb threats that included the beheading of elementary school students. Which of course, put homeschooling in the center of a lot on-line discussions. Which of course led to some pretty stupid arguments against homeschooling. A huge prevailing comment was along the lines of homeschooling shelters children, when they need to be out of the home and gain independence from parents. Ay yi yi. Now, granted, I consider myself a hip, urban homeschooler. I...

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Rant of the Day: Gluten-Free Haters

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Mama Self Care | Comments

Rant of the Day: Gluten-Free Haters

Argh. If I see one more article in my newsfeed with the gist of,  “You’re not allergic to gluten, you’re just a whiner”, I’m gonna scream. Yes. I get it. I know a lot of people jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon with no clue if gluten is what’s making them feel crappy. I get that a lot of folks don’t even really know what gluten is. I get that it’s become a fad, a “thing”, and that some people are using “gluten-free” to be a major PITA. And maybe feel a little special. I...

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Potty Training Q + A: Fruit and Loose Stools

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Potty Training Love | Comments Off

Potty Training Q + A: Fruit and Loose Stools

A reader wrote in: My son is 28 months and we’re getting ready to start potty training. Since it’s summer, he’s been going to town on all sorts of fruit and his diapers have been a bit of a mess. Do you think this will make it harder for him? Do we need to get things back to normal first? Sorry, it’s gross. But I want to set him up for success.   Answer: Number one, ain’t no such thing as too gross or TMI  ’round these parts.  Number two (all puns are fully intended): great question!  Yes, you...

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NOT back-to-school, NOT the end of summer

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Homeschooling | Comments

NOT back-to-school, NOT the end of summer

This is one of my favorite times of the year. NOT back-to-school.  Everyone is lamenting the end of summer and we’re not. We’ll have another month of going to the beach and weekday camping and hiking and all sorts of fun. There’s no scurry to get uniforms or school clothes. We’ll be in our bathing suits and pi’s for a while longer.  Supplies like pencils, notebooks, and dry erase markers are constantly strewn about my house, so there’s no rush with a supply list. We homeschool year-round so there’s...

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Limit Testing

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Parenting | Comments Off

Limit Testing

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about acting out and what that means with your child. Today, I want to talk about limit testing, which is different than acting out although it can often come with similar behavior as acting out. Limit testing is sort of one of those hot button parenting subjects.  I think because limit testing may require another hot topic; discipline.  Both these words don’t have nearly the power that social and other media would suggest. Limit testing is simply that. Testing where the limits lie. Testing where YOUR...

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4 Weeks In: No Sugar!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in My Year Without Sugar | Comments

4 Weeks In: No Sugar!

I haven’t written about my no sugar experiment in a long while!  Other things have taken precedent and honestly, it’s not been that big a deal. I started on May 28th and as I reported, there were a few days of crankalicious but other than that I feel pretty great. I had two major events that I got through with flying colors.   The first was Pascal’s birthday party. Honestly, THAT was easy. This year I took the total lazy way out and booked his kid party at a laser tag place and I let him pick out a crappy cake at the...

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ARGH. I Could Scream.

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Parenting | Comments

ARGH. I Could Scream.

  THIS. This article in the Washington Post. They call us helicopter moms. Yet they’ll arrest us if we leave our kids for 5 minutes. They tell us we over schedule. But if the kids are unsupervised we could again…get arrested. They put memes on Facebook about the utopian freedom of a 70’s summer. But they’ll drag our kids into family court if we let them play in the street till sundown. “When I was a kid…” I’m so freaking sick of this. I swear it’s a big conspiracy to mess with our...

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The Worst Mistake You Can Make When Potty Training

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Potty Training Love | Comments

The Worst Mistake You Can Make When Potty Training

Many parents make many classic mistakes when they attempt potty training.  These are usually minor though and can be easily remedied. There’s not too much in the process that you can REALLY mess up, despite what you may be thinking or feeling.  I have so many clients who come to me and say, “I really screwed this up.” And I’m always like…nah. We can adjust that.   But there’s a disturbing trend happening and I have to tell you: it’s the worst mistake you can make. It can lead to HUGE problems...

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THIS. CHANGES. EVERYTHING.

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in My Year Without Sugar | Comments

THIS. CHANGES. EVERYTHING.

Okay. I don’t even know where to post this. Under Potty Training, under Mama Self Care, under My Year of No Sugar. IT COVERS EVERYTHING. In life, in general. Everything, period. That’s right. COCONUT MILK WHIPPED CREAM.   I know. Right?!?! As you may or may not know, I’m a huge fan of coconut products to help with easy pooping when potty training. Those first few days of potty training can bring about some performance anxiety and many children tighten up the ole’ sphincter in response. Coconut products of all of...

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The Day I Decided To Homeschool

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Homeschooling | Comments

The Day I Decided To Homeschool

As many of you have requested, I’d like to share more about my decision to homeschool and what it looks like for us. I should preface this all by saying that whatever I say about homeschooling is for ME and MY FAMILY. All sorts of things affect the decision to homeschool; where you live, your school system, your family values among them. It’s not for everyone and I totally get that. It happens to be an awesome fit for my little family. I have NO judgement on anyone for going the regular route of school, public or private. I...

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