Big Mommas

Stop the presses!  This just in: Children need big mommas. I had started a post on my conflicted feelings about assigning labels to my kids.  But then I heard this, from a good friend about another friend, who is rather rotund: ….. She said that she wasn’t going to lose any weight because it would [Read More...]

Great Expectations

“Daddy?” “Yeah?” “You know how you took the whole day off on Zach’s birthday?” “Yeah?” “I expect you to do EXACTLY the same thing on my birthday!” “Okay, Ez.” “No, Daddy.  I’m serious.  THE ENTIRE DAY.” “Okay, Ez.  I won’t work on your birthday.” “That’s what I’m totally expecting.” This kind of talk would normally [Read More...]


Last week, I started a series on Social Stories and how we are using them to help the boys process typical social interactions.  In the first post, I included a sample story about making mistakes.  If you read it, you may have noticed that it contains no second person statements.  No directives either.  No good [Read More...]

No More Homeschool?

What if I give up completely on my objectives and curriculum?  What would happen if we un-schooled? If you’re not familiar with un-schooling, it’s a homeschooling philosophy first described in the 1970s. Un-schoolers believe that through normal play, household chores, projects, friendships and family, children will grow, learn, and develop – all at their own [Read More...]

Monday’s Post

I write every day, Monday through Friday.  The discipline of writing every weekday means I don’t have to question whether anything blog-worthy happened.  I just write. Kind of like homeschooling.  Whether I have it all planned out or not, we do something – and then we call it homeschool. Tonight, when I can’t keep my [Read More...]

Charm School

Day 3 of a Series on Social Stories Click here to read Day 1 and one of the Social Stories, “What is a mistake?” When I first read through the list of stories, I was disappointed.  One because they all seemed so simple, and two because so many people thought they would be good for the [Read More...]

Fig Leaves

Day 2 of a Series on Social Stories:  Click here to read Day 1, and the Social Story “What is a mistake?” After reading the social story aloud, Wendy asked us to name some mistakes we had made in the past. The boys didn’t immediately volunteer any.  I mentioned spilling coffee all over the car [Read More...]