Category Archives: Parenting

Help! My Child Wants to Go to School!

Every year I hear from someone who isn’t sure what to do when a young child announces he/she wants to go to preschool or kindergarten. It’s a common problem and it can cause a crisis if the parent is planning on homeschooling! So, what can you do? Many parents want to honor their child’s wishes, […]

Unschooling and the Unspoken Worry

I think two words, unschooling and unparenting, need to be discussed. I’m writing this specifically for the parents who have asked for my regular guidance by enrolling in my school.  Of course, the rest of you are welcome to read too! ~Karen Homeschoolers often don’t agree on the definition of unschooling, and I’m not sure […]

It’s NOT Helicopter Parenting!

Updated 9/26/2022 If you homeschool long enough, your teens are going to grow up, and what happens then might make such a difference in their lives. Parents typically separate from their kids at age 5, if not earlier. It hurts, but they try to get over it, and their kids go about dealing with schools […]

4 Ways to Get Your Child to Listen

Photo by Bindaas Madhavi A mother recently asked me for help because her children had stopped listening to her. When kids stop listening, parents often start yelling and nagging, and that leads to even less listening! It’s a vicious circle that you can stop. Today! 1. Speak quietly. Maybe even whisper at times if you […]

The Dark Side of Certificates and Awards

Photo by Scherre Updated 9/26/2022. Awards and certificates are liberally handed out in most schools. We reward kids for everything these days! It’s one aspect of public schooling that new homeschool parents sometimes miss. We all want our kids to be happy, and we also want bragging rights since we have so many non-homeschooled neighbors, […]