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The Hard Knocks of School

Choosing The Right School

Choosing the Right School for Your Kid. My wife and I were both homeschooled from K through 12th. Combine that experience with our already "crunchy" lifestyle and we were pretty well decided that homeschooling our own kids would be the best option. However, the last 48 hours have challenged everything I thought I knew about this and have quickly thrust us into a short notice search of choosing the right school for our oldest son. For the past few months since we moved to central Oregon, I have been the primary parent while my wife is the...

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A Boy And His Feels

Boy on a tablet

We can always use a reminder to pay attention to the words we are using with our children. To this day I have a VERY hard time connecting with my emotions not necessarily because I got the "suck it up" talk from my dad but because I learned from the other boys at school that any sign of them would paint me the target. I learned to stuff my emotions quickly. I learned how to hold back the tears when I felt them coming. No room for weakness. This isn't okay. It's one thing to have...

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Kids Have Bad Days Too

depressed child

I recently read a quote out of "The Newbies Guide to Positive Parenting" by Rebeca Eanes that got me thinking about how I respond to my kids when they have bad attitudes. “So often, children are punished for being human. Children are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes, yet we adults have them all the time! We think if we don't nip it in the bud, it will escalate and we will lose control. Let go of that unfounded fear and give your child permission to be human. We...

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Survival Mode


Some times the best we can do is keep them alive. I won't sugar coat it: Parenting can be really hard at times. The little ones don't understand what it means that you didn't get enough sleep last night or have been stressed over work and finances. They can't relate to how you feel when your car won't start and your already 20 minutes late. Some times we go in to "survival mode" and all we can do is make sure they are safe and entertained. The play dates stop, the adventures outdoors are on hold and...

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