Ways to Share Values Without Lecturing

There are times when my kids do things that completely shock me, where I just think to myself, “What’s wrong with you, were you raised by wolves or something?” And then I realize, no, they’re being raised by me, and it’s my job to civilize them. Ooops. Sure, we need to take every opportunity to…

Exploring the World with Keri Smith

Recently, on a whim, I picked up the book How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum by Keri Smith (author of Wreck This Journal) while in a museum store. I’d intended it as a present for my oldest child, but it turned out to be quite the present for me because I…

How to Soar (Not Slide) During Summer

Image by Tania Dimas from Pixabay It’s almost the end of the school year, and I’ve been so excited to see the progress my children have made in their respective learning journeys. But now summer is here and I’m concerned it will all slip away like a kid zooming down a waterslide. I’m referring to…

Practicing Persuasion

Image by Benjamin Sz-J from Pixabay One of the most common complaints my kids have is also the one that most breaks my heart: “The other kids won’t play the game I wanted to play!” It, of course, makes me sad that they can’t bond with other kids through play. But part of me is…

Why Laughing with Kids is So Important

Image by Pexels from Pixabay Recently, I heard an episode of NPR’s Hidden Brain called “The Best Medicine” where host Shankar Vedantam interviews Sophie Scott, a neuroscientist who studies the “science of laughter.” Scott tells a touching story about a time when her father was in the hospital and seemed “mortally ill,” to the point…