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How To Make an Owl Bird Feeder

So this post is going to be a little bit different. I have done “how to” posts in the past but this one is going to be a how to, craft edition. I got a lot of love on IG and I wanted to share how we did it. I posted the instructions on Facebook but I thought “a couple of more posts and people will not have the patience to scroll through old feeds to find the…

Parents Are Not Exempt From Apologizing

We have all made mistakes as parents. I am certainly not exempt from relapsing into the bad communication that was provided to me as a child. Being a peaceful parent does not mean being a perfect parent. Who even knows what a perfect parent would look like? I’ll be the first to admit that I think a perfect parent is something that doesn’t exist. I found myself apologizing to one of my littles again the other day. That…

The A,B,C’s of Public School Hell

Oh where, oh where, do I begin? Public school is a horrible place for children. It is wretched in all of the worst ways. It is an absolutely soul crushing, mind destroying, individuality demolishing environment. Get good and comfy because this is going to be a bit lengthy.Just like a frog, or a pig, in a crappy high school science experiment, let me start dissecting my thoughts on this: 25 (plus) students to one teacher, common core (becoming…

Solving Sibling Conflicts

Do you ever feel like t you are able to accomplish is standing in the middle of the war ground of your children’s battles, on some days? I know how you feel. It always seemed like this occurred when I was trying to do anything productive. I would get interrupted, roughly 50 times, to solve simple problems. Problems that seemed to escalate quite quickly without my assistance. I started to become frustrated with this once I had, not only,…

The Power Struggle is Real

Let me start by defining what a power struggle is. When you try to impose your will on, or decide for your child without a negotiation or a conversation taking place; and your child is refusing to let you get away with it. Do you find yourself in arguments with your child several times a day? You know, the ones that come out of nowhere and escalate way too fast? Those are power struggles. I have been thinking about how…

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…

Boys Will be Boys or so They Say but Boys Need Their Dads to be Men One Day

  Today I want to talk about DADS! I have been thinking a lot about the importance of a dad’s presence in a child’s life. Especially, in the life of a young boy. I would say it’s crucial, to put it mildly. Once you see the statistics you will realize why crucial might be too delicate a word.  I started noticing the family becoming less valued. I found myself wondering, how did this happen? Unfortunately, I believe it…

Why Spanking Your Child is Abuse

This title may seem a bit profound, because it is. I want the idea of using physical force against a child to be viewed one way and one way only, wrong. One of my moral principles is “you don’t use force against me, I don’t use force against you”. I’ll throw a caveat here, just to be safe; if your child is in danger, physically removing them from said danger would be classified as protection, not aggression.. Now,…