The Royal Wedding - Using it as a Homeschool Lesson

Right now, it's 7:19 a.m. in Toronto and Prince William is married - the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! My son - the true boy that he is - is still sleeping. He couldn't really care less about weddings, let alone a Royal one! The picture on my original blog post was taken at my husband's and my vow renewal that we had this summer. It was far from a Royal wedding - but it was a wedding....more

Homeschooling in a Storm

It is on a day like today, when the house feels like it is about to be blown over by the wind outside, garbage is hitting cars on the roads, and even the Burlington Bridge is closed that I am grateful that I am homeschooling our son. I know where he is and he is working calmly beside me. He is presently taking a test on science and the formation of the world. It is distracting him from the patio furniture that is blowing around in our backyard. My husband just got in as well. The roads were treacherous for him but he was safe....more

Homeschoolers, Unite!


Wah! Wah!

Wah! Wah! Agh! I've hit a wall. It doesn't happen often. I feel like I have a pretty high tolerance for lack of sleep and the physical demands of running this household. But right now, I'd like to run up the white flag. The baby is throwing up, has been for days. He was already treated once in the ER for dehydration, and from what I can tell, might be headed there again. The hot water heater has been acting up and "the dishwasher of my dreams" has turned into the 'dishwasher of my nightmares' which necessitates *LOTS* of washing dishes....more

They are growing up.....and that's ok by me....

I just want my kids to be themselves.....really. It seems like there is so much information out there about connecting with our kids, doing a better job than the "obviously detached" generation of parents before us, reading our kids "signs"...but even still.... so many parents can't do it. Why does it seem so easy for some to turn down the volume on their children's voices? I knew early on in my journey of becoming a mom that the one thing I wanted so badly for my child(ren), was to simply grow up.... That's right...I WANTED them to grow up....more

Perfect By a Long Shot!!

I am not perfect by any means....I TRY to be, but I know I'm not....more

Why We Homeschool

When Ethan was born and then diagnosed with Down syndrome, I knew that I would never take him to a therapist, a school or a doctor that I didn't think "got him". Of all the emotions I felt when he was born, the one most fierce was of protection. Although I needed the opinions and expertise of many medical and developmental professionals, I ultimately felt a sense of great responsibility for the decisions that would be made for him. He needed me to advocate the best I could for him and I believe that Ethan made me radical....more
@oceank Hi - never saw your question?! We are in NJ.more

Go bubble wrap your kids and leave me alone!!

I have a reccuring issue that really aggravates me. There are mothers that come up to me, unsolicited, and give me advice. I kid you not, when I say it is a weekly event for me. You are probably wondering what I could possibly be doing to garner this much attention.Exhibit 1 I am walking in some outdoor venue (beach, amusement park, park) with my boys. Ethan is totally bald and has been for many years....more
I wonder how those mothers will react when their overly protected and coddled children ...more

Boys Playing with Fire

So what do you do when you have a kid who is really interested in fire (no, I'm not going to use the "P" word)? That topic came up for Dennis and I this summer when Gavin was really insistent on using matches. After a few pointers and ground rules like when and where and what to do in an emergency, he was on his own.It led to some discussions with Gavin about what can go wrong when kids decided to play with matches and/or fires in other settings....more


Dana stood at the kitchen sink and looked out the window at the sunlight brightening some leaves.  At the shadows darkening others.  A yellow leaf fluttered to the ground.              Fall.  I love it, and I hate it.              As she waited for the coffee to brew, she opened the cabinet over the toaster oven and looked up at the white every day dishes.  No.  Not today.  Today I'll use china.  As she...more

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It's been an emotional roller coaster, for sure! Stay tuned. I've got 3 more posts ...more