The Beautiful Truth About Lying

The Beautiful Truth About Lying

It's good to understand WHY kids lie.  Of course, they're not going to be able to tell you, but when you understand what may be behind the lying, it can alter your response to it, and that can make all the difference in the world!

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"What's the matter?"

"What's the matter?"

"So, there I am at the supermarket.  It's a BEAUTIFUL late summer/early autumn day.  Warm, sunny, dry, fragrant air...  I'm putting my groceries into the car and just enjoying everything, and I hear a shopping cart go by.  I glance up, and it's one of those carts with a toy car in the front, and the little driver is taking his role very seriously.  My heart goes pitter-patter as I enjoy his enjoyment."

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I am.

I am.

"What follows 'I am...'or 'you are...' or 'she/he is...' is a label.  Labels can be very problematic and can undermine connection and happiness for a few very important reasons."

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When you don't see eye to eye

When you don't see eye to eye

It happens!  You have one way of doing things and your co-parenting partner has a totally different way!  What do you do then???  Here are some things you can try that may reduce friction...

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Life Is Like...

Life Is Like...

I have noticed that like is like a river. Or, better yet, life is like kayaking down a river. The more I test this particular pithy observation, the more it holds up. Here, if you are interested, is the genesis of my nugget...

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Peaceful parenting and soup...

Peaceful parenting and soup...

A delectable, comforting, enriching, nutritious soup depends on having the right ingredients in the right quantities.  And, in the radical unschooling “soup,” peaceful parenting principles constitute the soup base.  Radical unschooling without peaceful parenting may not go down so easy, and may not leave the best taste in your mouth.  (The truth is, peaceful parenting makes everything taste better!)

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Just. Listen.

Just. Listen.

It's hard to keep our advice and opinions to ourselves...but, if we REALLY want to be helpful, the best way is to keep our mouths closed and our eyes, ears, and heart open. 

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