Erin Human

I'm an artist, a mother, a wife, a blogger... not necessarily in that order. Working at home with two little boys in tow.

Trustful Parenting Experiment #4: No Punishments (& Fewer Rewards)

Yeah, that’s a pretty wordy title, but I thought “No Operant Conditioning” lacked a certain zing. I did not abandon my Trustful Parenting series – I’ve had this one in the pipe for weeks. It’s been the hardest to write, and rewrite, and rewrite. This topic is complex and goes pretty deep and wide into the ways, meanings, purposes of parenting it’s hard to keep it focused. On top of that, it’s probably the most radical of the series. It’s been hard to present this in a way that is thorough but not preachy....more

Trustful Parenting Experiment #3: Unlimited Screen Time

This will be the one where I’m going to lose a lot of you. I’m okay with that....more
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Trustful Parenting Experiment #2: Doing Less

This was a long winter, as everyone knows, except for you lucky devils living in places that didn’t get repeatedly body slammed by snow and/or subzero temperatures. Through the better part of the winter I kept pushing the kids to stick to a relatively active schedule of activities, errands, and playdates. We got out of the house just about every day and I thought this was good for us. But at a certain point, Miles slammed on the brakes. Getting him out of the house to go anywhere became such an unbelievable struggle that eventually I had to STOP and reconsider....more

Trustful Parenting Experiment #1: No Bedtime

Bedtime has been an ever-evolving routine in our house. I know some parents who establish a bedtime routine for their kid when he’s six months old and hardly deviate from it for the next few years, but that hasn’t been our experience. From nursing to rocking and singing to no singing to no rocking to snuggling with the lights on to reading books to no more books to snuggling with the lights out… we adapt and do what works....more

Freedom in Schooling

I want to share something with you guys that’s become a wee bit of an obsession for me: it’s called the Sudbury Model of schooling. For me it all started with this book, Free to Learn by Peter Gray....more

What's It All About? Thoughts on Disability, Difference, and Dissatisfaction

"We spend nearly every minute wanting things to be a little bit different, a little bit better. Even now, reading this, you might be thinking defensively: But I only want what’s best....more

Love and the Unknown

In her book Daring Greatly, Brene Brown talks about learning to just sit with and accept vulnerability, and also describes how people often feel something she calls “foreboding joy.” It’s that feeling when you look in on your kids sleeping and love them so much that you feel a kind of dread. I had never been able to put that feeling into words before, and certainly would not have called it vulnerability – or even, really, known that’s what it was – but I have felt that so keenly I almost couldn’t bear it....more

On Perfectionism: Teaching My Son Not to Opt Out Due to Fear of Failure

I’m reading Dr. Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly right now, and oh. Boy. What a book. There is so much in it that I would love to write and talk about -- already, and I’m not even halfway through. But there is one topic she touches that I’ve thought about plenty, and that is perfectionism. I struggle with perfectionism, and as Brown rightly points out, perfectionism is NOT the same as striving for excellence; it’s almost the opposite....more
What a great post. I deal with this myself as well and I see it in one of my kids.more

Playing Cars

Last night after I put Julius to bed I spent a little time playing with Miles. We played cars, or more specifically, little Playmobil people riding around on various vehicles. I operated the man on the bicycle while he had a guy on a scooter and a mommy riding in the bed of a pickup truck. My little guy kept riding up and saying “Hi, friend. What are you doing? I’m riding my bicycle.” And then the guy on the scooter would say “Bye friend!!!” and my guy would say bye and ride away. Repeat, repeat, repeat....more

Friendster

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C.S. Lewis...more
Having just started university (Creative Writing major), I found the friend-making process ...more