Trust the Intensity

For years, I have shared about my daughter, Tiff's sensitive nature. She just turned twelve so I wanted to share a few things that I have come to learn about my daughter over the years. I remember when she was only two years old, she used to scream for everything. She worried about so much. She also seemed to be unhappy often, and this … [Read more...]

Learning Through Teaching

My fourteen year old son, Devin, is a very creative person. He has recently started bladesmithing, which is making knives and swords. Yesterday he asked me to come outside and watch him make an entire knife from scratch. It was below zero out, but I bundled up and went out to watch the process. I watched him do everything, from getting … [Read more...]

Child Advocacy in Public

The other day, I took my daughters to a local shop that sells jewelry and accessories. There was a young family there and the parents were talking in a threatening tone to their very young daughter. I walked closer to them to see if I could get a sense of what was going on. They were attempting to coerce her into getting her ears … [Read more...]

My Family on ABC’s Hit Show, “Wife Swap”

In October of 2012, my family took part in the experience of being on ABC's, Wife Swap. Millions of people tuned in to see our family swap lives with a "strict disciplinarian." We saw the episode the night before it aired on ABC with our friends who were visiting from Bermuda and Australia. We were happy with the finished episode. It … [Read more...]

Truth Be Told: Radical Unschooling vs. Permissive Parenting

(image created by Anne Wood) Over the years, Radical Unschooling has been mistaken for "permissive parenting," and many judgments have been made about it based on this misbelief. The truth is, Radical Unschooling is an extension of Attachment Parenting philosophy and is a very hands-on, involved approach based on connection, rather … [Read more...]