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Special Needs Children in Italian Schools

By Michelle Pina Damiani for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers     A perk of eighth grade in Italy is the annual gita. Italian for “excursion,” this is a three-day rite of passage celebrating the end of middle school—a last “viva!” before the students divide into specialized high schools. Nicolas returned home in bliss from his recent gita and recounted stories of boat rides to Venetian palaces, the discovery of paprika flavored Pringles, and a realization about his classmate, Giovanni.   Giovanni is in one of the other eighth grade classes, so... read more

Parenting Fails

I'm not the parent I thought I'd be. I had big plans, BIG plans before having kids. I was going to be endlessly patient, I wasn't ever going to yell. I wouldn't swear under my breath (on a good day). My kids would be HAPPY. They would be well adjusted, content. Polite, confident. Neat. Clean. My kids were going to be living proof that I was a good parent.   Because somewhere along the line, I totally got the message that good parents have good kids. And kids who have problems have bad parents. I don't know where - it's not even something I intellectually believe.... read more

How would his Holiness the Dalai Lama deal with three consecutive snow days?

Slammed recently by snow days, my family has been home from school and work and cooped up at home. My wife and I are beat, pushed past our limits of creativity and patience. This has made me wonder, how would my idol, his Holiness the Dalai Lama, deal with three consecutive snow days? I examined this question today on the Kripalu Yoga Center blog... This year, New England, like much of the country, has been pummeled by snow. And that means snow days for our kids. Which is magical. I remember snow days fondly. Sleeping in. Sledding. Snow men and snow forts. Cocoa and... read more

I Want to be Two

    I want to be an infant. I want to lay my head on a pillow and have it sink in to the comfortable softness, warmed and comforted by the very fact that I don’t know enough to worry. I want to smile innocently and laugh freely. I want to take delight in the attentions of others without having the self-awareness to feel self-conscious. I want to be two. I want to state my opinion boldly and confidently. I want to believe in self-assertiveness. I want to let the hedonist in me free. I want to simultaneously want to be cradled and set free. I want to be... read more

Parenting Advice for Raising Teenagers

By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   Parenting adolescents can be extremely emotionally challenging. Trying to keep your cool during a teenage outburst of blame and hysteria can untether even the most grounded parent.   In a recent KidsintheHouse.com interview, Michael Bradley, Ed.D., Psychologist and author of Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy! Loving Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind, shares great practical advice for communicating with your teenager. He points out how important it is to talk to your kids when there isn't a problem. "Get in the habit of them hearing... read more

Homeschooling while Working from Home

  In this episode, the moms share an interview with a work at home, homeschooling Dad, and review PowerRocks MagicSticks.   Some links in this episode: Little Passports Powerock Magicstick: 2800mAh Magicstick The Maze Runner by James Dashner (This is an affiliate link. Purchases made through this link benefit the show!)   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 39.   To subscribe to or download our show, check us out on iTunes, or our... read more

Day in the Life of a Homeschooler, Part 3

  In this episode, the moms chat about what they’ve been doing for the past two months, read some listener comments, and share two more Day in the Life of a Homeschooler interviews!     Day in the Life of a Homeschooler, Part 2 Day in the Life of a Homeschooler, Part 1   Some links in this episode: Mars Rovers Using Lego to Build Math Concepts Dragons of Ordinary Farm (This is an affiliate link, purchases made through this link benefit the show!)   To see the full show notes, including a LOT MORE links to all the resources mentioned, please visit our... read more

Homeschool Planner Reviews

  In this episode the moms review four homeschool planners, including printed, online and wall sized.   Some links in this episode: Tina’s Playlists on YouTube Eduplace.com Seize the Year Calendar by NeuYear.net (Purchases made through this link help support the Savvy Homeschool Moms!)   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 37.   To subscribe to or download our show, check us out on iTunes, or our website.     This episode is sponsored by... read more

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler, part 2

  In this episode the moms chat about some great YouTube channels, catch up on listener recognition and share three more day in the life interviews!     (You can hear part 1 here. And part 3 here.) Some links in this episode: TedTalks about “Dinosaur Shape Shifters” Sketch Tuesday Banned Book week   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 36.   To subscribe to or download our show, check us out on iTunes, or our website.     This episode is... read more

Interview with PJ Jonas of Goat Milk Stuff

  In this episode the moms chat about getting started with the new school year, their curriculum choices for the 2013-2014 school year, and share their interview with PJ Jonas, homeschooling mom of 8 from GoatMilkStuff.com.   Some links in this episode: Goat Milk Stuff Blog http://www.collegeplus.org/prep workbox system   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 35.   To subscribe to or download our show, check us out on iTunes, or our... read more

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