When we were in Atlanta, my son Hunter played in a soccer league that was very competitive. Honestly, Hunter was way out of his league as far as skills, and should never have been a part of that league. He had played with some of the kids in a county rec league and we knew… Continue reading Small town sports are where it’s at!
Sometimes it feels like 80% of my parenting efforts are centered around keeping negative influences out of my home, and most of that is centered around the internet. My kids, like all kids nowadays, have online games they enjoy (Scratch, Roblox) and they want to have time online to goof off and play their games. The… Continue reading Protecting kids from the internet…
The older I get, the more I like winter, especially hiking in the winter. For one thing, it’s so hot in Atlanta in the summer that it feels like you could melt into a puddle right in the middle of the trail. There are only so many clothes you can take off. In the winter,… Continue reading Winter Hiking
We’re living in the age of the helicopter parent. Things that used to be normal for kids, like riding bikes or walking to school, now seem fraught with danger. Thanks to the media, we know every awful thing that happens to a kid anywhere in our country, even the world. Everyone knows about Madeleine McCann… Continue reading Raising Independent Kids
I didn’t know bikepacking was a thing until I saw videos of it on YouTube. It’s like backpacking, except you carry all your gear on your bike instead of your back. My 9 year old son and I both love riding our bikes, so I thought I would try out a bikepacking trip with just… Continue reading Bikepacking the Silver Comet from Georgia to Alabama
This summer I’ve been thinking about which activities my kids are going to participate in when fall rolls around. We homeschool, so I do like them to get out and about and see other kids, but I’m also very aware of over-scheduling. It’s homeschool, not run-around-town-school. I think one of the biggest myths perpetuated to… Continue reading The Over-Scheduled Child
I listened to a podcast the other day on the topic of women’s work and how many of our ideas about men’s vs. women’s work are a holdover from the Victorian era, when the Industrial Revolution began in Europe. I think every woman with children has felt at some point that she had to make… Continue reading How Homeschooling Empowers Women
One of the best things about homeschool is the flexibility it gives you in catering a curriculum to your child’s needs. If you have a large budget, you can incorporate things like museum visits, travel, and cultural events like the opera or ballet. There are innumerable kits and STEM toys that will enhance your kid’s… Continue reading How to Homeschool on a Budget
If you’re considering homeschool for your children, this post is for you. I’m going into my fourth year as a homeschooling mom, and while that hardly makes me an expert, I’ve become very confident in my own ability to educate my children and I feel that I can pass on some of that confidence to… Continue reading So you want to homeschool…
When people think about sending their kid off to public school, they assume that their child be will educated in a neutral way, a way that doesn’t push a particular religion or try to indoctrinate children into a particular way of thinking. After all, we have separation of church and state in this country, and… Continue reading Public school is not neutral.