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Forum: Preteens and Teens   Today, 12:40 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
Oh, I get that, and that's why I won't be...

Oh, I get that, and that's why I won't be "allowing" it. Though I think it's a grey area... she's had friends over before for what could be characterized as parties. There wasn't alcohol involved,...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   Today, 10:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 322
Posted By moominmamma
I wonder if you could describe what you see as...

I wonder if you could describe what you see as the crucial differences. I think I have an inkling but I'm not entirely clear.

I am facing a bit of a situation where my newly 16-year-old, who lives...
Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 09:06 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 715
Posted By moominmamma
I completely agree. I tend to take this "being...

I completely agree. I tend to take this "being part of a small, locally-rooted, deeply connected community" thing for granted, because we've benefitted for so long. But it was the major part of our...
Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 12:48 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 715
Posted By moominmamma
Super challenging situation in a very small town....

Super challenging situation in a very small town. My kids are more like your eldest -- and throughout their childhood years there were four of them, which definitely worked to our advantage in...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   Yesterday, 12:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 45
Posted By moominmamma
My eldest was at a similar point at this age:...

My eldest was at a similar point at this age: reading Little House books on her own, having fun with multiplication and subtraction. Our decision to unschool was more driven by her emotional needs...
Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 11:57 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 715
Posted By moominmamma
I think you've hit the nail on the head with...

I think you've hit the nail on the head with this. People know that school is full of social opportunities, and when they imagine homeschooling and take all those things out of the equation, they...
Forum: Learning at School   Yesterday, 11:36 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By moominmamma
We were able to homeschool through the elementary...

We were able to homeschool through the elementary years, but I think it's important to remember that until a generation or two ago it was quite normal for kids to go from always being in a family...
Forum: Unschooling   12-19-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 715
Posted By moominmamma
I should say that with my oldest in particular,...

I should say that with my oldest in particular, although she was mature enough and secure enough at age 14, I had no idea as she embarked on attending school how strong and resilient she would be. It...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-19-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 322
Posted By moominmamma
I work at an adolescent sexual health clinic and...

I work at an adolescent sexual health clinic and I can tell you that your view of reality is not true in my experience. One of the questions we ask routinely when interviewing sexually active...
Forum: Unschooling   12-18-2014, 11:48 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 715
Posted By moominmamma
My eldest was socially pretty innocent and...

My eldest was socially pretty innocent and unworldly when she went to school at 14 1/2. I was amazed with how strong and true to herself she was when she encountered cynical attitudes and anti-social...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-18-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 322
Posted By moominmamma
This is what I was talking about above: choices...

This is what I was talking about above: choices that are fake choices. You've told her she can choose whether to have sex or not, but then you've set up a situation where where she doesn't have the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-17-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 322
Posted By moominmamma
First of all, good for you for putting energy...

First of all, good for you for putting energy into evaluating the balance you're striking. To me that suggests that you're a caring, thoughtful, open-minded and responsive parent and I'd be willing...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-17-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 64,299
Posted By moominmamma
I'm not sure there's a decent unhackable tool...

I'm not sure there's a decent unhackable tool that would allow you to block access to Minecraft selectively at certain times, via the PC interface, the web interface, both online and in offline mode....
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-16-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 72
Posted By moominmamma
Oh yeah, I've cried as an adult over Where the...

Oh yeah, I've cried as an adult over Where the Red Fern Grows, and I remember crying as a 12-year-old. To me it's not "dark" (I'd characterize something like "A Wrinkle in Time" as dark, in that it...
Forum: Unschooling   12-14-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 715
Posted By moominmamma
My kids have gone through waves of spending...

My kids have gone through waves of spending incredible amounts of time in front of screens. They've sometimes ended up doing and learning amazing things as a result. Sometimes it's like they've spent...
Forum: Unschooling   12-13-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 715
Posted By moominmamma
But think about why you wanted out of high...

But think about why you wanted out of high school. If you were like me it was because you felt like you had no power over your own life, because you failed to see the point of the learning you had to...
Forum: Unschooling   12-13-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 715
Posted By moominmamma
LOL! What I'd have given to have had kids like...

LOL! What I'd have given to have had kids like this! (Some of the time, at least. I'm sure it's tiring....)

From what I've read the passive screening tests only pick up problems 50-88% of the...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   12-13-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 78
Posted By moominmamma
Whatsnextmom, I could share almost exactly the...

Whatsnextmom, I could share almost exactly the same story about my ds (just turned 18) and his first semester of college. In his case he's not so much challenged to make confident decisions as he is...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   12-12-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 78
Posted By moominmamma
Brag thread -- with a twist

There aren't many safe places for parents of advanced/gifted kids to brag but this is one. We used to have monthly brag threads here that were fun. It's always great to hear from a wide range of ages...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-12-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 72
Posted By moominmamma
Tamora Pierce's "Protector of the Small...

Tamora Pierce's "Protector of the Small (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamora_Pierce#Protector_of_the_Small)" quartet sounds like it might fit the bill. It's very much in the fantasy vein, set in an...
Forum: Unschooling   12-12-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 715
Posted By moominmamma
:grouphug I didn't think you were! I figured it...

:grouphug
I didn't think you were! I figured it was probably just a self-deprecating comment, and I wanted to make sure that no one felt belittled or insecure ... and it got me thinking how feelings...
Forum: Unschooling   12-11-2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 715
Posted By moominmamma
Just a little cautionary note. I had a...

Just a little cautionary note. I had a five-year-old in the same situation. She could read words, slowly, by sounding things out, newspaper headlines and stuff. But she hadn't made much progress in a...
Forum: Unschooling   12-11-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 715
Posted By moominmamma
I'm going to assume that the fancy-pants term was...

I'm going to assume that the fancy-pants term was not intended in the sense of "high class, elite and pretentious." My kids study musical instruments because in a family that's been playing violins...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-10-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 44
Posted By moominmamma
I think there are two very important things that...

I think there are two very important things that you should use as touchstones.

First: he is only six! Most children, even the brightest ones, are not truly ready for formal instruction at this...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   12-10-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 130
Posted By moominmamma
With respect to your poll: my eldest two were...

With respect to your poll: my eldest two were classic gifted/late-talkers as described by Thomas Sowell. They had almost no language until nearing two and a half years of age. They fit the profile:...
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