The Very First Thing to Do After a Meltdown

Our family therapist is one of my very favorite people. She validates our experiences and feelings. She gives us all big ideas, little techniques, and shares wisdom and failures from her own parenting and life journey. My kiddo hugs her and considers her family. She also swears, which just makes me feel good! This is…

Considering Unschooling? Here Are 3 Baby Steps

Hey there, confused and overwhelmed parent. I am like you. I am you. Maybe you’re homeschooling with a curriculum and every day is a fight. Maybe your kiddo is still in school but you know it’s not right for them and you’re seeking another way. Maybe your circumstances are different, but you worry that you’re…

Top 3 Cooperative Games for Families (No Tears!)

“Gameschooling” is a big part of our home learning environment. We play a LOT of games: traditional games, kids games, board games, card games, math games, invented games.¬†At least one a day. Some days, we might play 3 different games back to back. This sheer volume of games is one big factor in how we…

Book vs Movie: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

We love books and stories. I read aloud for about an hour at bedtime, and we also listen to audiobooks in the car, while we play, and while we are being creative. I was so delighted in my daughter’s capacity to think critically about a story and engage with how it was presented. Right now…