Why You Should Quit Punishing Your Kids

Gentle discipline. That sounds pretty progressive, right? Not spanking or hitting children IS still a pretty progressive concept in our society (unfortunately). In my opinion, it’s disheartening that we’re still not collectively as a culture at the place where hitting kids is just accepted as absurd, archaic, and wrong for any reason… But I digress.… Continue reading Why You Should Quit Punishing Your Kids

Rethinking TV-free: Why I don’t censor television-watching

Earlier today, I was watching Disney channel with my kids, and we got to talking about childism in action on that channel. In particular, the show Good Luck Charlie. It’s about a “big” family (four kids), but the parents are self-absorbed, hapless idiots and they are constantly making comments that indicate that they would rather… Continue reading Rethinking TV-free: Why I don’t censor television-watching

Raising Kids Beyond Religion: A Booklist

Yes, I said “beyond” religion. I am not a fan of the concept that there is only one right way, which is central to so many major religions. I’m very much a freethinker in that regard, and I raise my kids to be freethinkers as well. As a parent and as a homeschooler, I don’t… Continue reading Raising Kids Beyond Religion: A Booklist

Misconceptions About Unschooling + Choosing Connection

When I wrote this, back in 2011, I had a major aversion to capitalizing things. Forgive me.  I think many parents tend to view their kids as an extension of themselves, as an embodiment of their values, or evidence that they believe/do/feel the right things.. but that’s not really healthy or fair to think of… Continue reading Misconceptions About Unschooling + Choosing Connection

Living Deliberately Versus the Path of Least Resistance

>> “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” –Gandhi >> If your choices are not in line with your values, then you don’t really value yourself.   What provocative statements these are for me!  A good word to sum it up is “congruency”. We won’t feel happiness or fulfillment in… Continue reading Living Deliberately Versus the Path of Least Resistance