Choosing Peace Instead of Approval – by Dayna Martin
I’ve learned that you never have to have the approval of others in your parenting choices, nor do you need to live in disharmony or turmoil. You can change it all and create peace and harmony with everyone in your life if you take the responsibility for the role that you play in unhealthy relationships.
The Case of The High Anxiety Mom – by Michelle Barone
I had heard elements of this story before, worry that she was doing something wrong, or not doing enough, that she was missing something and her children would somehow pay a terrible price for her mistakes. She had been yelling more, had a hard time sleeping and she was pretty sure she’d had panic attack the other day.
Phooey to Fear – by Krystall Trammell
In some ways, modern parenting has almost been reduced to a factory-style operation, where we expect to be able to plug in certain criteria and then produce a ‘good’ child as if he or she were a commercial product.
Grown (and thriving) without Schooling – by Nicole Ofeno
The Two Reasons I Decided To Write This Article
1. This is a totally new and exciting experience.
2. Telling the truth to the whole world, just putting it out there, even if no one is reading, feels really great to my soul.
Deschooling and Shadow Dancing – by Leslie Potter
The first year I planned all kinds of fun activities and outings and was excited to spend dedicated days with my daughter. It soon became clear that my daughter wasnÕt interested in outings and my agenda. She was perfectly happy staying home and deschooling in her own way.
Horrors With Reading – by Lynn McClain
He would sit and listen, hardly moving a muscle. Fidgeting was what occurred if we were playing games, but never while I read out loud. So why was he fighting me so hard about learning to read?
Controlling Children’s Media Access: Challenging What We Think We Know – by Teresa Graham Brett
Deep down, I was fearful of many things as a parent. I was afraid of the harmful impact of certain foods. I was afraid of the harmful impact of television and movies. I was afraid of the harmful effects of certain kinds of toys that are routinely marketed to children. I couched all of this fear in the cloak of being a “responsible parent.”
Learning as Unschoolers: Trusting My Child, Trusting Myself – by Beth Taylor
Just because a child is unschooled doesn’t mean that everything is going to be easy. Sometimes it is going to be tedious. Often it’s hard work. But growing up like this, choosing for oneself, is simply what life is. We know that we are responsible for how things are and whether or not we are having fun. Being responsible means we know when we are the cause of the bad stuff that happens. We also know that we can make good stuff happen.
Nana, can we play yoga? – by Renee Sherkness
Having raised my daughter and now maneuvering the world with grandchildren, I understood how important it was to instill healthy habits and values in our young to insure healthy values and habits for them as adults.
HEM Classics –
The Golden Age of Homeschooling
In this editorial from the March-April 2002 issue, Helen Hegener reflects on the roots of modern homeschooling and the impact of its current popularity.
Unschooled Girl – by Kate Fridkis
How Good Was It?
We have this idea that ‘real’ means sad and a little disturbing and gritty and desperate. That’s how life goes. It’s hard. It’s rough. It’s mean. But that’s not the kind of life I want to live. And itÕs not the kind of life I started, as a child.
Publisher’s Note – by Mark Hegener
As changes come to HEM the ‘once again’ publisher looks forward to the ever changing homeschooling community and reminds us all that home school families have always been the backbone of the homeschool community.
A Matter of Conscience – by Kelly Green
Are Homeschooled Children ‘At Risk’?
In my opinion, one of the most challenging issues home-educating families face is the ÒBut if it saves just one child!Ó bureaucratic argument in favor of the ‘regulation’ of home education.
Good Stuff – by Becky Rupp
September 22 is Elephant Appreciation Day. The Day seems to have been the off-the-wall invention of an elephant fan from Florida but then who doesn’t love elephants? And there are, of course, zillions of wonderful elephant resources.
Free Range Learning – by Laura Weldon
Complete & Whole At Every Age
Pushing our children toward adulthood takes us (and them) away from seeing that each of us are whole people exactly as we are. A baby is not an unformed child, a child is not an ungrown adult, an elder is not an age-ruined version of a once younger self.