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WHAT KIDS TEACH US by Oryna Schiffman DISCLAIMER: Author accepts no liability for any readers seeking practical, sensible advice about child rearing.

FOREST NYMPH BLUES I lug the basket of succulent snacks and the old wrought iron kettle into my minivan, and drive to school, humming. When the bell rings I run, hug-ready, across the playground, imagining how we’ll caress the fresh moss under the awakening pines. A backpack lands on my toes with a thud. “Mama! Can I have a play date with Evan?!” “You can have a play date with Evan tomorrow. Today is the first day of spring, remember?!” I whine, even before he can begin. Every year since my kids could walk I’ve taken them to the forest on... read more

The Importance of One-on-one Time With Your Child

I kept my oldest daughter, Jessica,home from school today.  She's not contagious, her allergies are so bad that her throat is all red and raw, she's congested and crabby and just not feeling well. I brought her into the pediatrician's yesterday, and the doctor told me to keep her home, give her Advil and let her rest.   But... it did mean that Sam, my seven year old, had to go to school by himself.  Which is always hard - whenever one stays home, the other one freaks out.  But he handled it really well yesterday, and didn't balk at doing it today.  So I rewarded him... read more

At Times

we lie, noses touching and I fill my lungs with your sleeping breath we nurse, belly to belly and your soft fingers slowly skim my arm. we sing, stomping, shouting our very own song. and run naked through the house.   Read more poems read more

Child Moving Away

I am writing because I am very saddened that my five year old step-daughter is being relocated to over 600 miles away where she has lived from birth. Her mother is moving there to be with her current boyfriend/fiance. My husband and I have tried to fight it but $10,000.00 later we have exhausted our resources and it just seems that the custody battle has been too hard on both children (we have a two year old daughter together). There is still a lot of anger towards her mother for taking her away from all she has ever known. My question is: I want the girls to have the... read more

We are culture

From today's New York Times:   A series of research teams have repeatedly analyzed personality tests taken by men and women in more than 60 countries around the world. For evolutionary psychologists, the bad news is that the size of the gender gap in personality varies among cultures. For social-role psychologists, the bad news is that the variation is going in the wrong direction. It looks as if personality differences between men and women are smaller in traditional cultures like India’s or Zimbabwe’s than in the Netherlands or the United States. A husband and a... read more

A friendly reminder

…to hang on to at least some of the many thousands of drawings and paintings your child will make over the next few years. Right now it might seem like the artwork is no big deal, there’s so much of it—but I’m over here in your future, telling you that these drawings will become real treasures for you down the road! And a tip: After a drawing is finished, ask your child to tell you what’s happening in the picture and write it on the artwork itself. Then date it. And put it somewhere safe (after some time on the fridge, of course!).   Above: A... read more

When Working Mothers Strike...

This morning thousands of Hyatt hotel workers across the country walked out on strike demanding justice on the job for unionize and non-union hotel workers.[1] Many of these workers are women who work as housekeepers in the hotels. Hotel work is highly gender segregated with housekeeping as an almost solely female job. In non-union hotels, like the Hilton Long Beach, housekeepers are given only 15 minutes to change bedding, scrub the bathroom floor, vacuum, empty the trash, and change the linens in addition to cleaning up the scattered belongings of the hotel... read more

The Flower Girl: Full Disclosure for a Radiant Day!

Flower Girl The Flower Girl by www.LoveParentingLA.com A crowning moment for parents of girls can be watching their daughter as a flower girl in a friend or family member’s wedding; your princess, immaculate, eyes-wide, hair-curled, dress-pressed, stockings-white and shoes-shiny, playing a part in one of the oldest rituals of time, the sanctification of the union between husband and wife. The flower girl represents the couple’s future if they are so blessed to procreate, and the flowers represents the sweetness, beauty and fragility of new... read more

Homeschooling with YouTube

                                  In this episode, the moms talk about their website changes, a newly discovered feature of Goodreads, hexaflexagons, and homeschooling with YouTube!   Some links in this episode: Olly Homeschool Playful Parenting Quietube   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 40.   To subscribe to or download our show, check us out on iTunes, or our website.     This episode is sponsored by Moving Beyond the... read more

Go Ahead and Shoot

My kids brought home two red plastic water guns from our most recent visit to their grandmother’s house. These little pistols are old school, the way I remember them from childhood: detailed to look realistic, fitting snugly into a small hand. When my three year old son Gabriel first saw them, his eyes sparkled. “Mama. That is a gun,” he said, the same way I might have said ‘that is a diamond’ or ‘that is a tropical island’ if either of those treasures were ever presented to me. Previously, we had a single water gun that drifted around the backyard. One of... read more

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