Parenting Is Supposed To Get Easier, Right?

Tara’s ten-year-old son packed a knife to take on the train so that he could protect himself and his younger brother. Was this a sign that he watches too much violent TV? Or that he has a noble instinct to protect his brother? Everyone says that parenting gets easier over time. But figuring out what’s normal and what’s a problem can be more difficult as children get older. [Read more...]

Rick Riordan Was A Homeschooler?

Rick Riordan homeschooled his son? Yup. [Read more...]

An Open Letter To Rick Riordan From A Nine-Year-Old Fan

A homeschooling nine-year-old invites Rick Riordan to class. Will he say ‘yes’? (Plus video from a talk Riordan gave the night the boy gave him the letter.) [Read more...]

Don’t Take Away Recess: Better Yet, Make It An Hour

Our town is in the middle of a debate about whether or not recess should be mandatory.  And if it is, would fifteen minutes be long enough? Which is, of course, just stupid. The rest of the country is figuring out how important play is.  They’re realizing that we’ve left so little unstructured time in [Read More...]

Why My Kids Are On The Swim Team, Even Though They Hate It

Tara’s sons hate the swim team. And her faith tells her that she need not make decisions based on fear. Still, it’s a parent’s job to make sure her kids can swim. Right? [Read more...]

Wondering About School Reform: Can good books and bathroom breaks fix our schools?

Why does school have to look so different from anything we would consider a healthy, productive, enjoyable life. What would happen if we got rid of almost everything we currently do in school? [Read more...]

Touching Homeschool Moment #127

In her fourth year of homeschooling now, Tara can tell story after story about the joys of being at home with her boys as they grow and learn. This is not one of them. [Read more...]

Black History Did Not Begin With Slavery

  Malcom X was known to remind African Americans that their history “did not begin in chains.” Well, duh, right?  Everyone knows that, right? Except that, somehow, I didn’t. I’ve done a fair amount a anti-racism work in my life, trying to dig up and destroy all of its ugly roots from beneath the surface. [Read More...]

Pushing Your Chicks Out Of The Nest

“Momma? Momma?” Zach was mock whispering and rocking my nearly comatose body back and forth, hoping to rouse me so that I could answer an urgent question.  I should have been up, but it was June and I was sort of hoping we could all just pretend that school was out for the summer. “Mmmmm,” [Read More...]

The Night Before Homeschooling…

I love homeschooling in ways I couldn’t have imagined three years ago. But it’s never been easy, and many days I worry that we are not preparing any of our children well enough for what lies ahead, especially as we adopt a less-than-driven approach to schooling. When that happens, I stop and remind myself of why we are doing this. And it has nothing to do with reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. [Read more...]