Parenting

Parenting is a huge aspect of homeschooling. These parenting articles are useful to all parents, not just home educators. We have also welcomed guest articles by non-homeschoolers in this category. If you think you have something to offer, let us know.

Learning to Mother

Posted in Homeschooling, Parenting on September 18, 2017

A mother kissing her daughter's cheek

I believe homeschooling is an ideal environment for children to learn mothering. My mother had six siblings. My dad had four. They grew up in culturally disparate neighborhoods in Toronto during the war, one Italian, the other Irish. They played mostly with their cousins who resided on the same street. My nonna lived on the Read More »

3 Smart Alternatives to “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Posted in Parenting on September 13, 2017

A boy following his dreams

This question is one of the trademarks of our culture. Most of us are asked this nearly as soon as we’re old enough to string together the simple sentence required to answer it. And then we pass it along — it’s a go-to conversation starter when we meet kids. And even when kids outgrow that Read More »

Transgender: How Will We Teach our Children?

Posted in Parenting on August 30, 2017

Two men holding hands

When I was in kindergarten, I came home with armfuls of artwork, skinned knees with band-aids, and tales of Dick and Jane. There was also Old Macdonald and The Lucky Puppy, Peter Rabbit and Jeremy Fisher, Mother Goose, and Sleeping Beauty. Listening to these provided pure entertainment value, with the added bonus of encouraging me Read More »

How Positive Reinforcement Can Radically Improve Your Child's Behavior

Posted in Parenting on August 30, 2017

A positive, happy image with mother and daughter

As parents, there are times when it can feel like all we do is discipline our offspring, but do we ever stop to think about why we are really doing it and what discipline is? The purpose of disciplining a child isn’t punishing them for misbehavior; rather, we use discipline as a tool to get Read More »

Connecting with Your Little One BEFORE They Arrive

Posted in Parenting on August 8, 2017

Every mom-to-be is curious about what her little one will look, what he or she will sound like and how they will act. Will they have their dad's dimples or their mom's excitable energy? What are they going through right now? Can they hear and feel you? While you can't exactly call your baby up Read More »

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