Humility and the Successful Parent

Recently an employee at Sam’s Club greeted my daughter and I with a surprising comment. I did not recognize her, but she said, “I just love seeing you two together. You look like such good friends.” We thanked her and walked in a bit bewildered. This morning a mother of six children asked me what…

Pika, Pika, Ichi Nen Sei

  In Japan this phrase characterizes the bright new uniform worn by a child going to school for the first time. Imagine the six-year-old decked out in his new duds and carrying his Pokemon backpack. Can’t you see the joyful anticipation on his smiling face? Even though we schooled our children at home, I wanted…

High School Homeschooling Tip of the Day (Oct 24th)

It’s not all about them! During the high school years, and even beyond, teens often focus on themselves to the exclusion of others. This limited perspective irritates the mother striving to meet everyone’s needs and often leads to raised voices and slammed doors. I was not immune to those explosions. When my children were in…