Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Relax now

It will be challenging as long as one is struggling.
It will stop being so challenging as soon as one relaxes.

photo by Sandra Dodd

Monday, May 2, 2016

Someday you might

We've used "someday you will" or "you just don't yet" about all kinds of things, from reading to caring about the opposite sex to foods. Holly doesn't like green chile yet. She figures she will ("When my taste buds die" she jokes), because her brothers didn't used to and now they do. Kirby lately started liking mushrooms. Marty still doesn't like spinach yet, but we haven't branded him "a spinach hater," and I don't think anyone should consider a child "a non-reader," just one who "doesn't read yet."

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I wrote that years ago. I would like to soften it. "Don't yet" isn't as nice (or as true) as "might someday."

They did all learn to read, and I was confident that they would. But spinach, mushrooms and green chile might not be anyone's eventual go-to foods. It can seem to be pressure to say "Someday you will" about some things, but "someday you might" makes sense.

photo by Sandra Dodd

Saturday, April 30, 2016

"Do you just..."

Me, Orion, "making cookies" on the iPad photo IMG_9433.jpgUnschooling isn't "just" doing anything. It's stepping mindfully toward more and greater peace and partnership—toward an easy environment for learning to happen all the time.
Words above, Sandra Dodd. Link, Pam Sorooshian:
photo by Jihong Tang, of Orion and Sandra

Friday, April 29, 2016

If you borrow it...

"Be responsible for your own thoughts and feelings, and notice when your thoughts are borrowed."
—Cheri Tilford

The quote is not from this page, but it relates.
photo by Sandra Dodd

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thoughts, words, actions...

"I was frequently reminded that 'thoughts become words, words become actions, actions become habits, habits become your character and your character becomes your destiny'. My dad was gifted at helping me be more thoughtful with my words and actions, and make better choices. He was the kindest person I knew."
—Rippy Dusseldorp Saran
photo by Rippy Dusseldorp Saran

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Small things are big

Taking food to someone who is reading or playing a game or watching a movie and just putting it where he or she can reach it without any instructions, warnings or reminders is a great gift. It is a simple gesture, and a profound service.
photo by Hinano

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The path ahead

When the path is clear and easy, relax and enjoy the peace.

When you come to obstacles or there's more than one path, you'll be rested and prepared to choose based on what you know and what seems to lead you nearer to safety and growth.
photo by Pam Laricchia
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