Thursday, June 30, 2016

Small change, big deal

Every time "have to" comes up in writing, speech or thought, back up two words and see it as a choice, and not a have to.

You don't "have to" do that, but your ability to make choices and to live a life of abundant gratitude will be hampered if you don't.

SandraDodd.com/haveto
photo by Eva Witsel

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sunshine and water


SandraDodd.com/random
photo by Janine Davies, of her boys—
and if it's been used before, it's worth seeing again.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fun shelter

"Don't shelter them from the world. Don't let them loose in it. Walk with them, paying attention to what it looks like they need to know (not what you think they should know). Partner with them in this real world we live in, so that they can learn, with your guidance and support, how to make the most of their explorations and their ever-growing experience."
—Karen James
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SandraDodd.com/karenjames/deschooling
photo by Hinano

Monday, June 27, 2016

Service and nurturing

Service and nurturing can make parents better humans.

Not being served, or being nurtured, but being of service and being nurturing to others.
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SandraDodd.com/service
photo by Chrissy Florence

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Smiling and helpful

Children are born learning, and unless and until that joy is extinguished (by school or pressure or shaming or belittlement), it will thrive and grow. Learning is easy when the people around are smiling, encouraging and helpful.
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SandraDodd.com/nest
The quote came from a comment I made on a YouTube video.
After I wrote it, I thought I should share it here.
photo by Rippy Dusseldorp

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Adam learned from Pokémon...

"If you lose at first, try again - it doesn't mean you will never win.

If you lose, shake the other person's hand.

It isn't possible to be unbeatable."
—Adam Daniel
(when he was six)
and there's more of that list at SandraDodd.com/adamlearns
photo by Tim Mensch

Friday, June 24, 2016

Perpetual learning

 photo photo 3-1.jpgOnce school is behind and life is in front, learning becomes self-perpetuating.
SandraDodd.com/connections
photo by Elise Lauterbach
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