A Quiet Christmas and Look Toward 2017

Our December was hectic and overflowing with my daughter’s involvement in the Nutcracker and Kirk transitioning to a new job. Last week I turned in my grades for my online humanities courses and hid my laptop. 2016 had been a year of too much technology, constant digital connection, and limited face to face interactions of […]

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Why I Took My Homeschooled Daughter to Visit a Public School

So I had a total freak-out about a week ago and convinced myself I needed to send V to public school. Seriously. It all began when my workload with Cohesive Home started getting out of control. Then school was back in session at the university, and I began teaching four sections of humanities online. And […]

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Nature Trek: Hiking the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Saturday was one of those days crammed to the brim with new experiences + new places, and we ran from morning to night. Happily, I might add. Saturday morning it was cool and slightly overcast, which seemed like perfect weather for an early morning hike. After breakfast and delish butter coffee, we threw our gear […]

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Growing Into Motherhood

After watching a kids movie last night, my oldest daughter was scared and unable to sleep. Kicking myself for allowing her to watch it, I let her climb in bed with me and burrow into my side while I did some grading on the laptop. She was comforted and fell asleep quickly. It was hard […]

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How to Let Children Simply Be

Is parenting a battle of wills and a matter of training? Or can we learn from our children, be childlike ourselves, and understand the complexity of their little hearts and minds? I try hard to fall in the latter category, although it’s difficult. Every day, I wake up with a cup or two of french-pressed […]

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Positive Parenting: Not for the Faint of Heart

Today, my sweet, confident, fireball of a two-year old threw my book into the bathtub (which was, of course, full of water), poured a mug of black tea on the front of her new white sweater, threw a bowl of food on the floor from the counter as she perched on her Learning Tower, oh […]

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Follow the Child

Yesterday I was at the end of my rope, in a multitude of ways. Baby Girl had woken up numerous times during the night and topped it off with a 3 hour awake stretch at 4am. All morning long, she and I were spilling things, knocking into stuff, and both cranky out of our gourds. […]

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