The vacations we won’t take

I have to take a minute to mourn something. One of the first things my daughter's therapist told me when we started seeing her three years ago was that I needed to mourn and let go the idea of the "average" family. The "typical" family. The "normal" family. I mention this whole conversation in You're … Continue reading The vacations we won’t take

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More important than a homeschool curriculum

(This post contains affiliate links because we like food) Every couple of months I have an epiphany. That I am not living in the moment. That I am planning too much, organizing too much, not letting enough of our lives happen organically. It's easy to say, "that's it, from now I will let the chips … Continue reading More important than a homeschool curriculum

Kind of-Sort of-Unschooling

Unschooling seemed too out there for me when I first read about it. To be fair, homeschooling seemed too out there when I first thought about actually doing it. But unschooling was waaaaay out there. I read two or three articles about it and just went on my way. No curriculum? No lesson plans? No … Continue reading Kind of-Sort of-Unschooling

It’s Easy to Feel Alone

It's Easy To Feel Alone  The HIE Help Center site is a great resource for parents with children who have mental illness or delays. While they specialize in articles about HIE (hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy), the information and coping help can be used for multiple disorders. I had this article published in June 2018.

Why so serious (mom and dads)?

It's amazing how loud pots are when they are being beaten together by little hands. It's amazing how mud seems that much more impossible to clean when your toddler comes inside caked in it. Craft supplies can seem daunting to get out because every craft requires a mess. Every water play activity requires mopping after. … Continue reading Why so serious (mom and dads)?

6 Children’s books that are just wrong

This post contains affiliated links I love seeing spoofs of children's literature, even the obscene ones. However, as I was reading to my daughter the other night I started to notice there's enough creepy nonsense in a lot of these stories to begin with. Spoofs may not even be necessary. So now I will ruin … Continue reading 6 Children’s books that are just wrong

In bed by 10; Halloween has really changed

Halloween. Just saying it gives you a feeling. Or at least it should I think. Every time I say it I feel this¬†overwhelming sense of mystery and warmth. I feel the cool autumn breeze and smell the dead leaves on the ground. I see the lights of all the decorated homes, and taste the candy … Continue reading In bed by 10; Halloween has really changed