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Forum: Unschooling   11-02-2015, 04:30 PM
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Posted By winter singer
A very belated thanks to everyone who answered my...

A very belated thanks to everyone who answered my post, and apologies for not replying sooner. We've had a difficult couple of months as my DH had an accident that required time in hospital and then...
Forum: Unschooling   09-20-2015, 01:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By winter singer
Another thought: my DD really loves the books "La...

Another thought: my DD really loves the books "La Planète des Alphas" by Claude Huguenin - they were her introduction to French reading. They use colour coding to show silent letters and other...
Forum: Unschooling   09-20-2015, 11:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By winter singer
Hi from a fellow unschooling parent in France! ...

Hi from a fellow unschooling parent in France!

Our DD is also English/French bilingual. In her case, English is her first language as both her parents are anglophone. However she's picked up...
Forum: Unschooling   09-20-2015, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 877
Posted By winter singer
Unschooling, time management and DH

Hi all,

I've posted occasionally on this forum before, but not for a good while. DD just recently turned 7 and is unschooled. She's never been to school and doesn't want to go because (she says)...
Forum: Unschooling   03-29-2015, 04:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,490
Posted By winter singer
Apparently Massachusetts actually had higher...

Apparently Massachusetts actually had higher literacy rates in the late 18th century, before education became compulsory, than it does now! And there was huge resistance to compulsory education when...
Forum: Unschooling   08-26-2014, 05:55 AM
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Posted By winter singer
Thanks for the great thread and all the...

Thanks for the great thread and all the thoughtful comments. I love the way the paragraph above is expressed.

When I think about putting these things into practice I realise that so much depends...
Forum: Unschooling   07-22-2014, 07:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 931
Posted By winter singer
Thanks, Starling&Diesel! I absolutely love that...

Thanks, Starling&Diesel! I absolutely love that book by Gordon Neufeld - I have a copy - but it's amazing how I can forget all about some of the most interesting parts of it, such as the cognitive...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-22-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,353
Posted By winter singer
Thanks, that's very helpful. I'm sorry about your...

Thanks, that's very helpful. I'm sorry about your brother. It can be hard when the reality is so far from the ideal of having a close family.

I also am very careful in terms of what I expose my...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-19-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,353
Posted By winter singer
Question Talking with children about difficult extended family issues and painful past events

Hi all,

My DD is almost 6 and at the moment is full of questions about my own childhood. I'm finding it very difficult to answer many of them as I have a lot of painful memories from my childhood....
Forum: Unschooling   07-19-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 931
Posted By winter singer
Thanks so much for your thoughtful responses. I...

Thanks so much for your thoughtful responses. I think you're right, AAK, in thinking that this is really mostly an issue of having an only child. It's reassuring to read that others have had similar...
Forum: Unschooling   07-19-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 654
Posted By winter singer
I can't directly answer your question about how...

I can't directly answer your question about how sibling children relate to each other, Miranda, as I only have one child. However I found your post very moving as I have very clear memories from my...
Forum: Unschooling   07-18-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 931
Posted By winter singer
In need of a pep talk on unschooling

Hi all,

I'd really appreciate your comments. Our DD will be 6 in September and so far hasn't attended school (we live in France, where most kids start at age 3). Initially we kept her out of...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-12-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,348
Posted By winter singer
Wow, it's hard for me to imagine having to cope...

Wow, it's hard for me to imagine having to cope with the medical diagnosis the OP had for her DD. I realise she's functioning fine day-to-day, but still, what a thing to have to deal...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-10-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,348
Posted By winter singer
Very interesting thread. That preschool with the...

Very interesting thread. That preschool with the low teacher-child ratio sounds like a great solution - hope it works out well.
 
Just wanted to chip in to say that, while I totally agree that the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-05-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 445
Posted By winter singer
Belated thanks for the thoughtful responses....

Belated thanks for the thoughtful responses. Your replies got me thinking about where DH is coming from and I think I see the problem a bit more clearly now. He had a very hard year in 2013 - major...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-31-2013, 08:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 445
Posted By winter singer
Hi all,   We haven't put our 5-year-old DD...

Hi all,
 
We haven't put our 5-year-old DD in school here in France so far. At first, when she was three (the usual age for starting school here), we hesitated to enroll her in school because she...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-18-2013, 04:32 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,950
Posted By winter singer
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by pattimomma http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Learning at School   09-12-2013, 04:15 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 19,216
Posted By winter singer
Quote:Originally Posted by Cornflower...

Quote:Originally Posted by Cornflower Blue http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-06-2013, 06:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,432
Posted By winter singer
This topic raises so many issues that resonate...

This topic raises so many issues that resonate enormously with me, though luckily for me I haven't been in the OP's exact situation. One of the hardest things I've found about being a parent - and...
Forum: Parenting   08-30-2013, 02:35 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 9,109
Posted By winter singer
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by MomOv2 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   08-13-2013, 05:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 927
Posted By winter singer
My dd went through a phase of hitting us when...

My dd went through a phase of hitting us when she was frustrated. I did a lot of reading up about it. Here's one of the articles I found helpful - I could dig out more when I have time:
 ...
Forum: Breastfeeding   08-13-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,222
Posted By winter singer
I was born in 1971 and exclusively FF, with...

I was born in 1971 and exclusively FF, with solids introduced at 2 weeks (and yes I have digestive problems now). My mother tried BFing my oldest brother for 2 weeks and found it exhausting, and...
Forum: Multicultural Families   06-28-2013, 02:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,423
Posted By winter singer
It seems as though there are different ideas...

It seems as though there are different ideas going around about what 'self esteem' is. To me, if a person has healthy self-esteem that implies that they would actually have an easier time with...
Forum: Multicultural Families   06-25-2013, 03:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,423
Posted By winter singer
I'm more and more convinced that shaming is a...

I'm more and more convinced that shaming is a terrible way to achieve obedience in a child, which causes a great many problems. So no, I don't think you're being over-sensitive at all. Like a PP...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   08-04-2012, 05:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,144
Posted By winter singer
It sounds as though something is stressing your...

It sounds as though something is stressing your son. Do you think his father's behaviour while they're playing is distressing him? Or maybe something else could be acting as a trigger? Was he hurt...
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