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...]

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...]

I’m THAT Mom

  You know, that Mom that takes her children sledding at midnight, under the stars, making the neighbors secretly jealous because they have to sleep to get up early for work and school.   I'm that Mom who loves to clean and decorate and enjoys giving my family a cozy, joyful place to call their nest. I express my creativity … [Read more...]