3 Ways School Erodes Your Child’s Confidence

My husband’s Facebook friend, L, recently posted this dilemma:

What am I doing wrong that my just turned six year old has incredible anxiety over everything – school, friends, her hair, shoes, clothes…. sure some of this could be genetics but why is [she] under so much pressure at school? It’s so damn sad to me. How do you build them to FEEL CONFIDENT in who they are becoming instead of them spending their days worried about who they are? I think every person goes through this at some point, sure some of its natural but at six? I don’t want my kids, especially my girls, growing up the way I did-unsure of myself, never good enough until I hit my 20’s and learned better. I sure don’t talk bad about myself around them or anything… Any advice? Continue reading “3 Ways School Erodes Your Child’s Confidence”

Homeschool Journal: Introduction to Creative Writing

Spelling is one of V‘s strengths. For that reason, I thought it best not make it a focus this year. Instead, we’re flexing her creative writing muscle. I really like to find the value in free resources, so I went to one of my favorite educational sites for guidance. Continue reading “Homeschool Journal: Introduction to Creative Writing”

How to make (the best & least expensive) Applesauce

Most food, like pancakes for instance, tastes better homemade. But if you’re in a pinch, instant (and even frozen) varieties will do. Then there are those foods that are so much better homemade that substitutions will never compare. Homemade applesauce is one such food. Continue reading “How to make (the best & least expensive) Applesauce”

Homeschool Journal: The Pitfalls of Perfectionism & 3 Tips on How to Coach your Perfectionist


“My kid is a perfectionist,” is something I hear parents say a lot these days. As a parent of one myself, I know how good it feels to brag. But as an educator, I admit that I worry as much about V‘s education as I do my energetic son’s (for whom sitting down to focus can be a challenge). More so, in fact, because of how much more easily the first problem, perfectionism, goes unnoticed. Continue reading “Homeschool Journal: The Pitfalls of Perfectionism & 3 Tips on How to Coach your Perfectionist”

Homeschool Journal: Chocolate Geography

Geography can be intimidating to learn and to teach. Aside from not applying the knowledge on a daily basis, borders all look the same to someone not crossing them. Our challenge? To make this lesson worthwhile to three kids under ten. Our solution?
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Breakfast Banana Croissants

If you haven’t already discovered the delight that is caramelizing bananas, you need to bust out those pans and get to cooking! Caramelizing, that is, cooking the bananas until they brown slightly, is a great way to use up those super ripe bananas you have sitting around. The recipe could hardly be simpler: Continue reading “Breakfast Banana Croissants”

Homeschool Journal: 7 Steps to the Right Attitude

In my search for some words of wisdom, I stumbled upon the concept of a seven step staircase showcasing the progression of attitude (in the face of challenge) from stubborn refusal to gleeful victory. Continue reading “Homeschool Journal: 7 Steps to the Right Attitude”