Category Archives: Education

“TRYING” is Banned in our House.

There are various reactions when I say to people our kids aren’t allowed to ‘try’ things. They are usually negative, except for the occasional person who looks at me and just smiles. The explosive negative reactions sometimes die down – after … Continue reading

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Kids who don’t Talk about School

One of the most interesting things I have discovered about the human brain is that consciousness is really, really hard work. We often think we are making conscious decisions but the reality is the decision making process takes place in … Continue reading

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Talking to my Oldest Son about Rape and Porn

People who have followed this blog for a while know I torment my poor husband with open discussions about pretty much anything at the dinner table. The older boys and I have discussed wet-dreams, periods, same-sex marriage etc etc.   … Continue reading

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Learning Can be Easy Parents Just Have to…

…butt out. What many people seem to misunderstand is that there is intense concentration and phenomenal learning taking place as children make sense of their world for themselves when they are involved in open-ended and undirected play. That means there is … Continue reading

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Parents: Smart Kids aren’t Always so Smart

Truly loved reading this post, from Carol at ifbyyes. http://ifbyyes.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/why-we-dont-want-our-son-to-think-hes-smart/#comment-6991

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Parents: Homework!

When parenting for mature children first, and academic achievement second – we need to take a different approach to homework than what is commonly accepted. It becomes more about teaching strategies and less about content. Grades are even less important… … Continue reading

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Wisdom vs Knowledge

The key aim we have for our children is for them to be wise. Although we value education, we have seen that mature people will seek the education they need for themselves. Well educated people don’t always seek wisdom. The difference between … Continue reading

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