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What You’re Doing Wrong as a Homeschool Parent

I’m kidding. But seriously, I have never questioned if I am failing or succeeding so often during a single adventure in my entire life. Since you decided to read this article, I’m going to guess we share that feeling. First, we are probably all doing better than we think. How can I tell? We have all concerned ourselves enough with our child’s education to come to the conclusion that homeschool is better than public school. A great start…

You Can’t Make Me

Four famous words uttered at least once by every kid at some point: you can’t make me. I know when I was a child this started a war between my parents and I. They were willing to use force and I was one quarter their size; of course they could make me. Every parent has the physical ability to make their child do almost anything. When you threaten a child’s well being their natural survival instincts kick in…

To the Parents Who do it All (Part 2)

I ended up doing this post in two different parts because it got way too long. The more I dug into this, the more I wrote. I’m pretty sure if I had kept it as one post it would’ve been over four thousand words, verging on five, and no one has got time for that. In case you missed it, you can find part one here. Jumping right back in from where we left off last week: You Can…

To the Parents Who Do it All (Part 1)

It has become a terrible trend to take pride in being the lazy parent. When did this happen? When I was a kid, you did not want to be the parent who didn’t, at least, try to do it all. I know that the previous generation of parents had their own set of problems, and I’ve discussed those problems. They either didn’t do some of the things I am about to rattle off or they tried to hide…

5 Ways to Manage Anger

Growing up in a less than peaceful household, run by a military man who experienced extreme levels of abuse himself (at the hands of a real life villain), lead to my angry switch being easily tripped. For the longest time I just thought, “I’m just short tempered. It’s just the way that I am because my dad is short tempered. There’s nothing I can do about it”. Which was really only half true, I was short tempered, but…

I Was Wrong, You Were Right

Personal responsibility isn’t always easy. In fact, I would argue that it is one of the hardest things about life. It is, however, one of the most meaningful gifts you can give to your child. You, as the parent, are setting a standard of living for your child. Your actions, and non-actions, are being absorbed by your child all day. If you are unwilling to hold yourself accountable, then you can expect that your child will not to…

4, 3, 2, 1…Meltdown

Meltdowns can be extremely challenging for both the child and the parent. What most parents tend to do, usually without even realizing it, is to “meltdown” themselves. This is counterproductive and creates more stress for you and your child. We must first acknowledge that our children have meltdowns because they have seen their parents handle stress poorly. Looking rationally at a meltdown: it is simply a child unable to, reasonably, deal with the situation in front of them. Negotiation…