There is so much fear surrounding technology and children, aka: "screen time". Unfortunately most parents are making their decisions based on these fears. I've spent much time these last few years working through my thoughts around this limiting term and what it implies. I have come out the other side of fear somewhat unscathed and clear headed and choose not to use the ever frightening catch phrase "screen time'.
A few months ago I had the honor of chatting with Pam Laricchia, the wonderful creator of livingjoyfully.ca. Pam is one of the few people I look to within the Unschooling community for solid knowledge and guidance. Pam's podcast is where I go when I am looking for encouragement and focus. Pam has also written … Continue reading My Chat with Pam Laricchia
I've been thinking a lot lately about the waves of grief that often partner with holidays and special events. It's inevitable. If you have experienced a deep and painful loss you've experienced or will experience the wave of grief that rolls in; sometimes softly, sometimes like a tidal wave. My Mother transitioned in 2011 when … Continue reading Holidays and Grief.
What was intended to be a month long exploration easily turned into one year. Which was not what I expected. Ha!
I helped my daughter dress and began to clothe myself. As I stood pulling up my pants I looked at my purse. “That doesn’t seem right…” I thought. I didn’t leave it open like that. Within a second the mother dressing close by to us said, “My wallet is gone”.
Expectations is first in my monthly series of observations surrounding thought forms, words and beliefs that influence the way I am as a parent and partner to my children and husband. In my last post I dove into a realization I had recently: if I truly was to Follow the Joy I need to unpack and discover where certain beliefs and thoughts really come from. If they don't serve a joyful life then I need to let them go and replace them with something that does.
This past month has been an interesting one. Things have been shifting and changing, as they always do, though this past month I’ve felt a deep cavernous yearning I hadn't felt in a while. I wasn’t sure what that meant until a day or so ago. I had an idea pop in my head that had my heart racing, my stomach doing flips and twirls. Excitement overtook me.
My daughter loves her YouTubers, she has an array of favorites. She loves watching them create things, open things, explore things... she loves YouTube. I love it. But I didn’t always love YouTube when it came to my daughter watching it. It can be difficult to jump in and find the YouTube joy when generally shared … Continue reading Unschooling, YouTube and Drive-Thru’s.
My heart was broken recently. A comment was made about my daughter to me by a friend of hers. Her friend being a few years older sees the world in a slightly different light than my daughter. My daughter is 5; she's powerful and full of wild energy. She makes no apologies for who she … Continue reading From Heart Break to Shine
"Letting go of control has allowed our life to flow easier like a beautiful river. Our days together are a celebration of play, learning through play, life and growing as a compassionate loving family. What more could we ask for."