Motherhood

Posts related to raising children through their ages and stages

How We Chose Meaningful Boy Names

I don't often (or maybe ever?) used my boys' real names on my blog because I don't need random passers-by to know all that information about my family. That being said,  I promised Sue from Stories of an Unschooling Family over a year ago that I would, one day, tell...

Practical Mom Advice: Surviving the Motherhood Marathon

  I cringed when he put on his pants backwards. Normally I wouldn't have said anything, but it was Sunday. So I gently asked him, "Your pants are on backwards. Can we turn them around?" "Sure," he responded cheerfully. I hesitated. Was this a trick? Was he going to...

10 Indoor Entertainment Ideas for kids

When we downsized our already small house 2 years ago, most people thought we were crazy. We moved the last week of October 2012 but were so busy in the barns through the winter that the size of our house didn't register. Then summer came and my kids lived outdoors....

I Don’t Want to be a Cranky Mommy

Warning: This is a true story. And it's not a pretty one! I'm trying to fix dinner. Baby Bear is fussing in his baby seat. Then he starts screaming at me because I've left him too long. So I grab him and hope the pasta doesn't boil over. Then C comes in the house,...

How to Get Snatches of Solitude as a Mom

I'm an introvert. I crave quiet and solitude. Just over a year ago, I discovered that introversion is okay and I really started to embrace the introversion instead of attempting to be extroverted. In retrospect, it was silly to think that I had to be someone I'm not...

Does Unschooling Actually Work? Lessons from Top Gear

It's a question unschoolers are asked regularly: does unschooling actually work? For our family, unschooling has worked in allowing our boys to learn at their own pace, how and when they decided they are ready. Time and time again my husband and I have been reminded...