Friday, July 3, 2015

Help them explore

 photo DSC03276.jpg"Children will flourish if their needs are joyfully met as they explore the world. Creatively support your child in what he's genuinely interested in."
—Debbie Regan
photo by Sandra Dodd

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Free of (some) sorrows

 photo DSC03292.jpgIt can be healing for parents to think back to their own sorrows and then to their own children's freedom from those experiences.
photo by Sandra Dodd
of a sculpture in Old Town

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Weights and measures

 photo DSCF4420.jpgIn an attempt to "be fair," parents can be very UNfair. Children don't all need the same things for the same amount of time. Measuring with rulers and timers and charts is often shortchanging one child or another. What they could use more than that is the opportunity to decide when they're finished for their own reasons.
photo by Sandra Dodd

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dance around; save the world

by Deb Lewis, once upon a time:

I wrote once before about how dish washing has come to be my mental health moment. I light a candle, I make some tea or pour a glass of wine, turn on some music, take off my shoes, and do just the dishes I want to do. I use dish soap that smells great—LOVE that hot water...sigh. I never start out feeling like I *have to* do *all* the dishes. I think how I want to have clean dishes and do however many I feel like doing. I dance around a little. I plan my garden. I save the world. It's never just about doing dishes.
—Deb Lewis
mostly-unrelated photo by Deb Lewis

Monday, June 29, 2015

Next week, next year, next century

 photo DSC03016.jpgPeople DO think of next week. They think of last week. But they're doing their thinking from inside their present selves.

Balance depends on the fulcrum. Be solid. Be grounded.
Be whole, and be here.
photo by Sandra Dodd

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The surest path

Leah Rose wrote:
Learning to parent mindfully, keeping my focus in the present, making choices towards peace, towards help and support, is not, as it turns out, much of a gamble or a risk. It is the surest path to connection and trust.

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photo by Julie D

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Living with the truth

Response to someone who wanted reassurance that unschooling would create success:

I can't guarantee anything for anyone else, nor for my own family. I know what does damage, and I know what might help.

. . . .

Every second of every day things happen or don't happen and there are consequences.

I would say if you don't want to gamble, don't unschool, but the truth is that everything else is a gamble too.
photo by Sandra Dodd, left over from playing a board game online—
click to enlarge it for candid desk details
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