Family Life & Kids


The October homeschool update (with a wee bit of parenting melancholy, philosophy, and practice), part 3

The October homeschool update (with a wee bit of parenting melancholy, philosophy, and practice), part 3

This is where we were going all along. This is where those fall hay wagon rides were headed. This was the destination, one of the station stops along the track of building an interest-led, relationship-focused, self-directed, and often experimental, homeschooled family life.

The October homeschool update (with a wee bit of parenting melancholy, philosophy, and practice), part 2

The October homeschool update (with a wee bit of parenting melancholy, philosophy, and practice), part 2

We have become home "schoolers" in every sense of the word. Our lives revolve around our kids' schooling. Life has always revolved around our kid's overall well-being and education, but now it's actual classes and coursework, deadlines and applications. Helping them achieve their goals now and for the future.

The October homeschool update (with a wee bit of parenting melancholy, philosophy, and practice), part 1

The October homeschool update (with a wee bit of parenting melancholy, philosophy, and practice), part 1

In October, life kicks into a gear that is challenging and stretching. And in that transition I feel ill-equipped as a career "relaxed" homeschooler for this change. But maybe everyone feels that way, homeschooler or not. Maybe we all feel dragged along by the machine.

The end of travel season, a return to city life

The end of travel season, a return to city life

Last week, while at my parents house I experienced a keen sense of "these are the happy days". There wasn't a feeling of foreboding attached, but definitely an awareness that these moments don't last.

Yes to more long distance backpacking, on my terms

Yes to more long distance backpacking, on my terms

Damien and I will do more backpacking trips, I'm positive of this. And after this experience I expect to enjoy myself when we go backpacking.

After the Appalachian Trail will I ever do long distance backpacking again?

After the Appalachian Trail will I ever do long distance backpacking again?

In the four years since we finished the AT I've done two short backpacking trips. Those were great experiences but I wasn't convinced after either of them that any longer distances were in my future.

House rules for hospitality and shared meals

House rules for hospitality and shared meals

After everything I've written in this series, all the angst and struggle and questions that remain unanswered, eating together with the people I love is one of the highlights of my day, however it happens. Probably because I know these years are fleeting and precious.