Posts Tagged ‘Parenting’

Follow your instincts mamas – Your OWN instincts

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 by by

This post is going to sound ironic since I posted a while ago about supporting radical unschooling, which I do, but I support it because I support parents’ rights to decide for themselves how to educate their own children. I don’t, however, understand parents that get sucked into cult like thinking and let “experts” determine how they should raise their kids.

Kelly and I watched some of the radical unschooling show that was on ABC the other day. Here’s a link. When we first started watching the show I looked at Kelly and said that’s us! We are very much like some of the parents that were featured on the show. Our kids do not have a lot of rules and we are very relaxed when it comes to parenting and homeschooling. But, the more I watched, the more I realized that we aren’t just like the parents on the show. Some of the things I saw bothered me.

One of the moms featured on the show was Dayna Martin. She is a leader in the radical unschooling movement. I don’t get around the homeschooling circles enough to know who she is, but she has done a series of YouTube videos and has written a book called “Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun.” She also calls herself the “UnNanny” and gets paid to (more…)


From the Files of Excellent Parenting….Part 3

Thursday, March 12th, 2009 by by

When winter insists on sticking around for an interminably long time and your menu of indoor activities have been exhausted, you can always humor yourself by taking ridiculous photos of your children.   One of these guys is crazy Nick Nolte.  The other is my crazy youngest child.  Both are in need of a stylist.  I could probably help my baby out with his hair issues…if I weren’t so busy using him for my amusement.


5 Things No One Told Me About Parenting

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 by by

1. Teething is a long process. Not only for all teeth to come in, but for each tooth. It’s a process of stages. The teeth have to grow down the gums first, and then they can cut through. But it’s not even overnight at that stage. It takes a long time for a single (or two teeth side by side) tooth to come completely out of the gum.
2. A smile, a giggle, a word – these are all priceless. And you never grow tired of the new accomplishments that your child can do, even when it’s just a new noise, like a grunt. Each and every discovery is a new miracle.

Adventures in Balcony Diving

Friday, February 6th, 2009 by by

No, that was not just a catchy title I came up with.  There is a really story to go with this title.  My daughter Angie is one of those kids that you can’t take your eyes off of.  This past weekend my husband went away for the weekend to go snowmobiling with some friends and then watch the Super Bowl.  Well needless to say, when he goes away the house turns into a zoo.  I mean literally the second he walks out the door my kids think it is party time.  I am a little too much of a softie.

I went downstairs to the basement to put wood in our wood furnace.  Meanwhile, my daughter is upstairs by herself.  Keep in mind this was maybe five minutes of time.  When I get upstairs I noticed she had drug her mattress all the way from her bedroom out to the middle of the living room area.  I am thinking in my head that she has some idea that she is going to have her own little slumber party in the living room.  I start to get into mommy rant mode as I walk upstairs to see what she is up to.

I walk up to my upstairs bedroom because I can’t find her and am really annoyed about having the mattress pulled into the living room.  When I get up the stairs I find her… and a string tied to my upstairs balcony.  The mattress was positioned directly under the balcony.  I think she was planning to bungee jump, minus the bungee cord, from the upstairs balcony to the mattress below.  See how crazy my life is!