Homeschooling Reason #2 – Retaining Intrinsic Motivation

Another one of my top reasons for homeschooling is because I want my child to retain her intrinsic motivation, as opposed to being extrinsically motivated. When I first started looking into homeschooling, I found a lot of interesting information about intrinsic motivation. Back then though, there didn’t seem to be many popular books out there […]

Reason to Homeschool #1 – Play is Supremely Important

One of my top reasons for homeschooling is because I want my child to have as much time to play as she wants, and as our lives will allow. Decades of research proves that play is the best way for our children to learn. Many studies have led to the following conclusions:

Children who are […]

An Unlikely Homeschooler

If you’d asked me, when I was in my 20s or 30s, if I would ever consider homeschooling my children I would have wondered how I could possibly know someone capable of asking such a ridiculous question. Throughout adulthood, I’d thought and said things like “Children should be in school year-round”; “Children have way too […]

Hey Mainstreamers, Why so Defensive?

As you all know, I homeschool and I don’t vaccinate. These are the decisions I made for my family and while I believe in them wholeheartedly, I definitely know they aren’t for everyone. I like that each one of us has the freedom to make the decisions for our families that we think are best. […]

What do you want to be when you grow up? Don’t ask.

The other day my 9-year old daughter asked me “When do I have to pick what I want to be when I grow up?”

I responded with, “What are you talking about? You’re already something – you’re a child-sized you, and when you grow up, you’ll be an adult-sized you.”

Then she said “But when […]

When in Doubt, Start with what’s Natural

In my last post, I wrote about some basic pieces of information I considered when deciding not to vaccinate. Another way that I tend to make health-related decisions is by always defaulting to what’s natural and then going from there. In doing so, I find that there are rarely compelling reasons to veer too far […]

When it comes to Vaccination, Having Mountains of Research is Unnecessary and Distracting

Back in the mid 2000’s, after years of research, I decided not to vaccinate any children I may have. At that time, I was working on my PhD and was heavily focused on researching everything. So, I dove into medical journals and studies from around the world since I had access to them through the […]

Remember to Never Obey Adults (Part Two)

In my last post, I talked about how expecting children to always obey adults can cause them to stop thinking for themselves – to stop questioning and to stop being curious and just go along with what they are told. It sets them up for a lifetime of expecting to be led. From my last […]

When you’re out in the World, my Child, Remember to Never Obey Adults (Part One of Two)

As kids, we were probably all reminded repeatedly, to always obey adults. Our parents seemed paralyzed with fear about the possibility of getting a call from a teacher, a bus driver, or a coach saying “I told little Jimmy to do X, Y, and Z, and he didn’t do it. He started arguing about wanting […]