Helping Children Thrive

Helping Children (and adults) Thrive, Be Healthy, and Smarter

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  It's so important to create a healthy environment in which a child can thrive, be healthy, and smarter. The same is true of creating a healthy environment for yourself, your spouse and other loved ones, your co-workers, employees,…
Harmony for the Holidays

Harmony for the Holidays

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I've never been to a holiday gathering with family or friends where there was anything but harmony for the holidays ... ever ... my entire life. I'm talking about never witnessing first hand a family gathering full of discord. It doesn't matter…
Travel & Experience Places & People Unlike Yourself to Appreciate Cultural Diversity

Travel & Experience Places & People Unlike Yourself to Appreciate Cultural Diversity

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  Every time you go somewhere new, you become a new person ... with a new perspective, new experiences, and new insights. The more you travel and experience new things, the easier it becomes to appreciate cultural diversity, and…
Homeschool Parenting for Successful Open-Minded Kids

Homeschool Parenting For Successful Open-Minded Kids

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Parenting isn't easy. Homeschool parenting is even more of a challenge when the goal is to develop successful open-minded children and adults. As a homeschool parent, I definitely take the "parent" thing much more seriously than some.…
Homeschool Parenting for Successful Open-Minded Kids

What Does the Golden Rule Have to do with Education and High Self Esteem?

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Thomas Moore said, "What if schools saw the care of children's souls as their primary mission, coloring all 'educational' activities?" What a powerful thought! Studies show kids go in to first grade with high self esteem. By the time they…
Homeschool Parenting for Successful Open-Minded Kids

Because Texting and Driving is Stupid, Get a Voice App for Your Smartphone to Use on the Road

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Texting + Driving = Stupid Every now and then the safety-conscious engineer in me looks at a situation and just thinks, "something about this needs to change." Texting and driving is one of those situations ...     My…
Homeschool Parenting for Successful Open-Minded Kids

To Circumsize or Not to Circumsize - Saving Chase

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Here is a thorny subject - for some a subject so taboo they won't even talk about it - on the "rightness" or "wrongness" of genital mutilation. We scream and say "you are such bad people" when we read about how it is done to women across the…
Homeschool Parenting for Successful Open-Minded Kids

Corporal Punishment (spanking) and Motivating Kids

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When ever I see or hear someone spanking their child, I cringe. I parent by intuition, never use corporal punishment, and so far my kid has turned out great. Continued use of corporal punishment left me feeling like I was a bad person…
Homeschool Parenting for Successful Open-Minded Kids

Sailing Through Homeschooling

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Here's a great article about traveling and homeschool: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/39328391 Brian, the owner/captain of the yacht I'm on at the moment, is friends with the family on the sailing vessel Totem mentioned in this article.…
Homeschool Parenting for Successful Open-Minded Kids

Homeschooled Kids Rock!

Homeschooled kids are amazing! One of my facebook friends just posted this link. Cab-Schooled Student Earned Ticket To Harvard You can read about, and listen to the story, here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128674314…