Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Penny For Your thoughts

So many of us struggle with the all important job of being a stay at home parent
 (some add homeschool parent on top of this).

We all want to be the best parents possible for our kids, so let's share ideas to help each other along, on this journey.

If nothing else you could just talk about your own experience, even if you feel like you are just "treading water".

  Here are some questions to get the wheels turning:

In what ways do you feel you are succeeding as a parent/homeschooler& parent?

Where do find your inspiration and determination to keep doing what you are doing?

How do you recharge yourself when mentally, emotionally or physically exhausted?

How do you remain patient with your little ones? 

Can you think of a day when you went to bed happy in the feeling that you were the best parent you could be that day?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Don't Feed The Animals

"Non-Violent Communication" is where it's at.

Throw in some emotional fitness.

It works! 

Let's talk about it.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Report Cards

No, I didn't give my children report cards. I'm not even sure they know what a report card is.

With all the end of school fun going on around town, I've been reflecting on my want of a progression gauge. It would feel awesome to check things off a learning list, have subject beginnings and endings, and a last day of school. Structure! Categories! Oh, be still my heart. 

We do a lot of core phase and love of learning phase (= mostly unschooling). There isn't much patience for anything too contrived over here. Some days I long for a nice, tidy curriculum with quiet children hunched over desks for hours on end. I admit, I do employ some trickery to wrangle these youngins into subjects deemed "boring" at first glance, but mostly they are fiercely independence little creatures. And though I won't be marking or giving grades of any kind, I will "report" that we've had some decent learning these last few months. Which means, for us, decent living. I think all of us are always "in school," don't you?



Thursday, July 11, 2013

Megan's Famous Pancakes

(Yes friends, I'm telling you Megan's secret recipe. She's probably going to beat me up. Visit me in the hospital, will you?)

Megan's Famous Pancakes

1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. sugar
pinch of salt

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together:

2 cups milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup molasses
a pinch of baking soda
1/4 cup melted butter

Add wet to dry and stir until combined. 
Do yourself a favour and serve these topped with real maple syrup, berries and yogurt. 

You're welcome.