I’ve seen myself grow and go through changes as a parent. When I first became a mom, I thought my role as a parent was one of a dictator. I made all decisions, set all of the rules, and had to demand compliance no matter what. Luckily, a few years into parenting right when I actually had to start putting things into action, I discovered Continue reading “Travel Agent vs Tour Guide Parenting”
Last week I watched a social experiment on YouTube. The host of the video asked several parents for permission to see how they would react to a stranger. The thing is, this wasn’t elementary school kids at a park. They weren’t being lured by candy or balloons. This was teenagers on social media. This first video in particular, focused on girls. A fake account was created with the profile photo of a teenage boy. The video host then talked to the girls for a few days and tried to see if they would meet up with him. One girl met him at a local park only to find her dad was there waiting as well. Another girl, just 12 years old invited him over to her house once she thought her dad was asleep. In a different video, another 12-year-old girl was out playing Pokemon and got into the car of an older man who said he’d help her catch a rare one. Continue reading “Social Media & Strangers”
One thing I particularly enjoy about homeschooling is the approach of child-lead learning. While I’ve decided to order curriculum to make planning easier for me, there are so many opportunities to teach. You don’t have to be a homeschooled family to do it either. For instance, my girls and I read The Boxcar Children before they go to bed. We were reading a chapter about the kids needing to write but they didn’t have a pen to write with. I asked my daughter what they could use instead of a pen given their circumstances. Continue reading “Child-lead Memory-making Learning”
Attention book club members and those interested!
Those of you who have signed up for the book club, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve sent an email Continue reading “Parenting Book Club!”
It’s that time of the week again! I’m here to connect bloggers to readers and introduce you to blogs to add to follow! ❤ Continue reading “Books, Memoir & Mocktails!| Blogs to Follow!”
Are you ready to meet some new bloggers? Hope you are comfy and ready to click that follow button! Introducing you to this week’s lineup of bloggers and their suggestions of blogs to check out. Be sure to stop by and show them some love! ❤ Continue reading “Awareness, Simplicity & Reviews| Blogs to Follow!”
One thing I don’t particularly enjoy doing is grocery shopping. It’s a necessary evil, I know but hear me out. I plan the meals, make the list, prep the food, cook it, serve it, I think I can get away without shopping for it. That being said, after not stepping foot in a grocery store for months, I do enjoy going every now and then because it feels new. The funny thing is, I never know what I’m going to get. My husband inevitably mixes things up or just forgets to grab ingredients. That’s considering I send him with a checklist organized by the order he’ll find things in the aisles. Continue reading “Groceries & Family Dynamics”
This mama’s soul was set on fire a few days ago! Personally, I’m not a fan of conventional education systems. Too much value is placed on achievement, grades, and collective progress. Not enough value is placed on developing strategies and providing tools that will serve kids as they get older. Kids are taught with the intention of passing standardized tests. As a parent, I’m more interested in my children learning to utilize tools, come up with strategies, and work through processes in ways they can apply to any area of their lives. It’s my belief that school should be a place that helps children develop as individuals and supports their development to adapt to the real world. What I see in school is a place where children are generally expected to conform, do things the same way, and are measured by the results. Continue reading “Waldorf Education”
One thing I remember as a kid was the lengths my mom went through to make learning fun. I have Dyslexia although we didn’t find out until I reached adulthood. One reason I think it went undiscovered for so long was because my mom always found fun ways to help me learn. I didn’t understand concepts in the way most kids in the class did. My mom found games to help me learn concepts so that I didn’t have to memorize answers.
I remember as a very little girl, around 4 she bought this big green box that had some sort of characters on it. Inside the box were puppets, books, and this pencil that I could grip with my whole hand that buzzed and the eraser lit up whenever I got the answers right. That is how I learned how to read. Continue reading “Fun, Learning & Nostalgia”
I’m not sharing the actual article because I haven’t been able to determine if it’s legit or not but, I think there’s a very strong message in it for parents whether it’s true or not. There are a few articles circulating about a game being played on the internet by teens. They find out about this game on social media through hashtags and join. The goal of the game is to commit an act a day for 50 days and send a photo to the host as proof. The final act is to commit suicide.
Continue reading “Cyber Games, Connection & Quality Time”