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The Worry and Wonderment of Parenting

This is Childhood contributing author, Lindsey Mead    One morning in the middle of the year Grace was in 3rd grade, while driving to school, I asked both my children what they thought they would remember as the main thing they had learned from me.  Why I asked I’m not sure, but legacy and lessons were on my mind.  Whit blurted out, “Potty training,” and all three of us laughed.   “Well, Whit, that is one thing I’m awfully glad you learned,” I said with a grin.  Grace was looking out the window, pondering.   “Manners, I think,” she said, hesitating.  “Oh, and... read more

5 Surprising Benefits to Making a Pet a Part of Your Family

Interview with Blair Lee, author

In this episode the moms share the first part of their interview with Blair Lee, Author of REAL Science Odyssey Chemistry 1 and Biology 2, and homeschooling mom and giveaway a set of Biology 2 Ebooks from Pandia Press.   Some links in this episode: http://www.thoughtstem.com/ http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/31fd395/ http://www.space.com/     To see the full show notes, including a LOT MORE links to all the resources mentioned, please visit our website: The Savvy Homeschool Moms, episode 41.   To subscribe to or download our show, check us out on... read more

So Precious It Hurts

As my dear friend drove our two families up to a local ranch for their quarterly homestead day a few weeks ago, I looked in the backseat at our three sweet and precious boys. Their faces were alive with excitement at the prospect of “going back in time,” as my little one said. Three beautiful, kind, creative, alive boys. The angles of our hearts. And, knowing that we would be driving up a steep and winding road seven miles into the mountains (not my favorite kind of road), an awareness of their vulnerability pierced through me. An awareness that one wrong move, one... read more

5 Inspiring Story Lists in Celebration of International Children's Book Day!

  To help inspire a love of reading in all kids, April 2nd is International Children's Book Day (Hans Christian Andersen's birthday) and April 13-19 is National Library Week!    In celebration of these great initiatives we're sharing five fun kids' story collections on everything from breastfeeding and bonding to girl power. We hope you'll love these books as much as we do!   Children's Books that Depict Breastfeeding   We recently asked the Mothering community to share kids' books that depict breastfeeding and were thrilled by the response. We have pulled... read more

Sara McKenna Speaks Out About Her Custody Battle with Bode Miller

  Thank you to Cosmopolitan.com for contributing this guest post.    Sara McKenna’s son was 2 weeks old when she learned that her ex, Bode Miller, had filed for custody. McKenna had moved to New York to attend Columbia University two months earlier and gave birth to Samuel Bode Miller Jr. there. Unbeknownst to her, Miller had already filed for custody in California and sent the papers to McKenna’s house in California.    Though McKenna had filed for temporary custody in New York three days after Sam was born, a judge volleyed the case back to California, claiming... read more

Five Things I Want My Daughters To Know

My baby, my fourteen month old, is walking.  She’s doing that little drunken sailor walk where she is able to somehow get from one end of the room to the other without actually bending her knees.  How toddlers do this is beyond me.     She is our third child.  We’ve been through this before.  But no matter how many times I see a baby learn to walk and thus march strong into the world of toddlerhood, it still amazes me, and in no small part because it is mind boggling just how often a toddler will fall down and then just simply get right back up to try again.   It... read more

Raising Feminist Kids

  By Jon Sponaas for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers   Feminism is a word that represents such a vast (and often conflicting) array of meanings, that, no matter how much you’ve read, it’s hard to know what you’re thinking and talking about when you’re thinking and talking about Feminism. And I should say it straight up in the first paragraph that I’m certainly no expert in terms of the many and varied nuances of feminist theory. I mean, hey, I like to think of myself as open-minded (who doesn’t?) but it’s often made clear to me that, as a result of... read more

Raising my Daughter to View All Kinds of Families as Normal

  Throughout the world, there are thousands of same-sex parents raising children. In the US, approximately 220,000 children under 18 are being raised in same-sex households. (Source) My sister, Carrie, and her wife, Rebecca, are married with two beautiful children. In our family, including some very conservative extended family, I'm proud to say that my sister-in-law was welcomed with open arms. Carrie and Rebecca's children are treated no differently than any other cousins or grandchildren. I hesitate to use the word normal because it is such a subjective word that... read more

Raising a Chatty Child

By Janet Freeman for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers   My daughter likes to talk. A lot.   I knew I was in trouble when, at age three, she raced a neighbor to the corner. “Look at us!” she squealed, legs pumping, arms flailing. “We’re running! We’re running so fast! We’re racing each other to the corner and I’m gonna—!”   How did that sentence end? I have no idea, nor do I remember who won the race. It’s inconsequential, one memory among thousands. But memorable for the fact it was the first time I realized there is no task in the world, no... read more

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