Forced vs. Natural Milestones

As parents, we hear what "experts" claim to be average ages that children meet milestones in our culture. We then tend to compare our children to these averages and push them to reach them out of fear that they aren't living up to the cultural norm or standard. When many people first discover Radical Unschooling, in which a family lives … [Read more...]

Upgrade Your Parenting Vocabulary

Do you realize that you had  many negative words to describe your well-intentioned, curious behavior as a child?  We all did!  You may have felt so deeply misunderstood growing up. Many people still carry the underlying current of "being misunderstood" throughout their entire lives! This feeling starts early and the examples that I share … [Read more...]

Being Peace: The Bethenny Show Experience

Last week, I was invited to participate on a Mom's panel on the Bethenny Frankel Show.  The show flew me to NYC where I stayed at the swanky, Hudson Hotel. I met my Uncle for dinner that night where he lives in NYC, and then woke up to a snowstorm the day of the filming! The producer called me to see if I could film the show early and I … [Read more...]

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...]