This “Hackschooler” Will Make You Think Differently About Education

by Jillon December 18,2013 in Child DevelopmentFamily JourneyLearningNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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    Thirteen year old Logan LaPlante doesn’t go to school. Technically, he homeschools but he and his family go about it in a different way than most homeschooling families. He calls his self-developed education “hackschooling” and many other families are doing the same thing. In this Tedx video, Logan demonstrates how schools today are […]

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How To Bring More Gratitude Into Our Families’ Lives Every Day

by Heatheron November 27,2013 in Family JourneyHolidaysLearningNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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Last week, I wrote about how my family expresses gratitude at meals and how this simple practice connects us not only to the origins of our nourishment, but to each other as well. This week, I’m inspired to follow that one up with more talk of gratitude as a parent, as a family. There’s a […]

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Unschooling Basics: Understanding What Unschooling Really Is

by Jillon September 20,2013 in Family JourneyLearningNatural Parenting Style

    “Before I talk about what I think unschooling is, I must talk about what it isn’t. Unschooling isn’t a recipe, and therefore it can’t be explained in recipe terms. It is impossible to give unschooling directions for people to follow so that it can be tried for a week or so to see […]

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How Focusing On the Positive Shifted Our Experience of Discipline

by Rachel Thomason September 04,2013 in DisciplineFamily JourneyGrowthLearningNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

Over the years of raising six children, my spouse and I have learned a very important aspect of caring for them: positive reinforcement works much better than disciplinary actions. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had our fair share of having to lay down the law when situations called for such. However, we noticed a profound […]

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In Her Own Time: Musing on Walking and Other Developmental Milestones

by Heatheron August 22,2013 in Family JourneyGrowthHealth and WellnessLearningNatural Parenting Style

It was a simple, easy morning. We woke up a little extra chipper, worked our way up to and through a decently yummy oatmeal breakfast. She crawled and knee-walked around, particularly fascinated with two plastic balls – one yellow, one blue. She’s been dropping and pseudo-throwing things lately (mostly balls and stones) and just watching […]

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3rd, er… 4th time’s the charm? Home Schooling, A Day In the Life

by Dreaon August 07,2013 in Family JourneyLearning

This year marks year 4 of us home schooling. Something I firmly believed would not last more than a year… and something I feel has had many ups and downs…. is way easier said than done and is something you really have to devote to do… We have had a few dabbles here and there […]

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Unschooling: The Good, the Bad and the Awesome (A Day in the Life)

by Jillon July 16,2013 in Co-SleepingFamily JourneyLearningNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

  I decided I wanted to write a day in the life post because I love unschooling. We do *so* much, have amazing experiences, and witness everyday life kind of awesomeness that wouldn’t be seen sitting at a desk. *And* we do it when we decide we’re ready *and* we stop when we’re done! Doesn’t […]

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Surge in Antibullying Books Reflects a Broader Cultural Alarm

by Nicholeon April 21,2013 in LearningParenthoodResearch

The title drew me in. “Publishers revel in youthful cruelty” is pretty catchy after all. I was curious why any one person or group would revel in anyone’s cruelty because likely there is a very real someone on the receiving end of it. The title, while catchy, doesn’t quite fit the bill. The article is […]

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The Impact of a Mother’s Love on Brain Size and Development

by Nicholeon March 12,2013 in Child DevelopmentHealth and WellnessLearningResearch

Lending a voice of science and research, to what mother’s already know well, is how maternal love and support impacts and effects of a child’s brain size and growth. With the size and growth of the brain’s structures relating directly to a child’s (and the adult they will become) potential for learning, as well as […]

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Your Baby’s Breastfeeding Cues

by Nicholeon February 13,2013 in BreastfeedingHealth and WellnessLearning

This terrific new graphic developed and published by the Women’s and Newborn Services of the  Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) is offering new mothers and other caregivers a means to identify and meet a baby’s hunger cues. First and foremost a friendly promoter of breastfeeding and nursing, these RBWH tips can be used for breast- or bottle-fed […]

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