Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Play, Wonder, Smile...

 photo FrenchWeddingTrip-045.jpg"Play. A lot. Wonder. A lot. Listen. Observe. Smile. A lot."
—Karen James
photo by Leon McNeill

Monday, October 12, 2015

Is this the way?

 photo DSCF4394.jpg If you're going the wrong direction, don't keep going.
Check your direction
photo by Sandra Dodd

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Different realities

When our oldest was five and our third was still inside me, we stuck our toes in the homeschooling waters, and asked ourselves some serious questions. We bypassed the regular serious questions. We weren't worried about socialization. We weren't worried about times tables. What my husband and I asked when our should-we-do-this eyes met was "What about marching band?"
. . . .

A few years ago I reviewed my progress and realized that my three lovely children who are busy every single day and who can converse about any subject neither read books for fun much nor do they play any band instruments whatsoever.

More of that at "Books and Saxophones",
an article written in 2003 when my children were 16, 14 and 11.
They are, as this quote is posted, 29, 26 and 23.
The photo shows me, Marty and Kirby, before Holly was born.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


Of course I was nervous when they were out late sometimes, but I would think of the things I was doing at their ages, and remember that my kids had better resources, more practice making decisions, and had me and their dad ready to help them without penalty if they needed us.

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photo by Sandra Dodd, 2005
Photo note: They were home, dressed as movie characters,
for Kirby's 19th birthday party.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Keep your balance.

Things change. Even in the best of peaceful circumstances, things change. Keep your balance, find gratitude and abundance, and accept changes gracefully when you can.
photo by Lisa Celedon

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A secure, lively life

"People of all ages don't like others to build walls around them that prevent them from exploring what intrigues them, from doing what they enjoy. Yes, people want to feel secure, but they want that security to allow them to live life, not preserve their life."
—Joyce Fetteroll
photo by Sandra Dodd

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Unmeasured and whole

 photo DSC03192.jpgIf you are not required by law to test your child, don't choose it.

Because a test score is never ignored, tests affect the relationship between parent and child, and many unschoolers want to preserve their child’s journey to adulthood unmeasured, uncompared, and whole. It might seem crazy from the outside, but the disadvantage of testing is real.
The second paragraph above is from SandraDodd.com/thoughts.
photo by Sandra Dodd
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