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[ 1 Aug 2010 | 3 Comments | 383 views ]
I Dream of a World (World Breastfeeding Week)

I Dream of a World…
Where human milk is available for free for all those rare circumstances when a baby might need it, and for as long as the baby needs it.
Where there are comfortable benches anywhere a breastfeeding mother might need one – in the supermarket, at the pharmacy, on the sidewalk. Not just at the playground.
Where, when people see a woman bottle feeding a baby, they assume it must be a babysitter, or perhaps a mother with a severe medical conditions that prevented her from breastfeeding (very rare), not …

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[ 18 Jul 2010 | Comments Off | 255 views ]
Book Review: “Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers”

Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers
I was offered a free copy of this book for review. I jumped at the chance since 1) It looked good. 2) I love to collect good cookbooks. & 3) The timing was perfect, as Baby B was just turning a year old (she is now 14 months). Here’s what I think…
Overall, it’s a nice cookbook for kids, and I’m happy to have it on my shelf. In fact, I just might share it with my younger sister, who is expecting her first …

featured, public education, reading, unschooling »

[ 25 May 2010 | 9 Comments | 1,105 views ]
Formula for natural, child-led reading

Basic Formula for Parents:
Stay out of child’s way +
Don’t try to be a teacher +
Don’t hijack your child’s learning +
Wait….wait…wait (and be patient) +
Don’t stress (talk to other unschoolers when you worry!) +
Read lots of books out loud when your child wants to +
Have lots of interesting books available +
Be ready as a resource when you child asks for it
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= A child that reads. Eventually. On his own timetable.
Last night, as the whole family sat down to watch another downloaded episode of The Amazing Race, DS7 pulled out a sketch …

attachment parenting, headline, homeschooling, parenting, unschooling »

[ 4 Mar 2010 | 4 Comments | 588 views ]
Socialization?  Yes – when they’re good & ready.

I’ve been noticing how M, now 7, has become more and more social as time has gone on.  Socialization is, of course, one of the hot button issues when it comes to learning outside of school.  Why people think learning to be social with 30 other kids who are also learning to be social makes sense – especially when the main lessons are to sit down, be quiet and do what you’re told – is beyond me.  (If recess were 6 hours long, I could see school as a place …

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[ 20 Feb 2010 | 9 Comments | 653 views ]
Unschooling Language

When we moved to Costa Rica, Arp and I felt we had to eventually learn to speak Spanish. As adults, we had our own language goals almost immediately. We wanted to speak the local language, connect with locals, and begin to establish a sense of community here.  Arp plunged right in and started speaking to the locals (he learns language well in an aural fashion). I took my time and started using Rosetta Stone (I learn much more visually). But the kids took a different path, one that many expats …