socialization / stuff that makes me think

maya angelou on teaching our children solitude

Our North American culture teaches us to love public attention, and naturally, our ego enjoys it. It teaches us that extroversion is favourable, even necessary and healthy. It teaches us that constant activity equals importance, value and purpose. So we keep busy, and tell ourselves that what we do is extra-specially important. We search for … Continue reading

family life / parenting / socialization

Counselling 101: a Parent’s Most Important Skill

No, I’m not going to share my extended therapy sessions. Though that might make for gobsmackingly interesting, truth is stranger than fiction, remarkably-read articles. I’ll leave that for the novel. If there was any other skill we parents might learn before we begin this parenting trek, it would be this one…how to kindly, authentically, diplomatically … Continue reading

socialization / what I've learned

pros & cons of being the perpetual mother hen

I was amused when a much older friend told me she loved watching me with my kids. I was the quintessential mother hen, as I always have the four kids following along behind me. I remember a young mom saying she was just so thrilled to homeschool her kiddos so she could just be with them … Continue reading

homeschool planning / homeschooling / philosophy / socialization / what I've learned

thoughts for those new to homeschooling

Amy from Saskatchewan has asked, “I have all the fears I suspect most moms have but also a sense of peace has replaced my sense of dread…Any tips via your blog are appreciated!” She’s taking her son Nathan, grade 4, from the system, and wants to know if I have any tips. And though I’d … Continue reading


altruistic socialization

“Positive or altruistic and principled sociability is firmly linked with the family, and with the quantity and quality of self-worth. This is, in turn, dependant largely on the track of values and experience provided by the family at least until the child can reason consistently. In other words, the child who works and eats and … Continue reading


“the bird a nest, the spider a web, (wo)man friendship” William Blake

Tis so for girls too. There might not be a more cheesy metaphor for friendship than a bouquet of flowers…individual friendships add to the fragrance and overall appearance of that bouquet. We gain different things from different people in our lives, just as we mean different things to different people.    Hannah 12, Madelyn 10, … Continue reading