Teenagers


Parenting through young adulthood (our version), part two

Parenting through young adulthood (our version), part two

My kids can struggle and work through the issues of their teenage and young adult years - school, friends, identity, navigating difficult choices and dilemmas - isolated from us and our support, relationally or spatially. Or they can do it with our help. I choose the latter every time.

Parenting through young adulthood (our version), part one

Parenting through young adulthood (our version), part one

We can expand and adapt to create a family community where we love and support each other through all the ages and stages of our lives. We're humans, this is what we're meant to do.

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.

And then there was a Prom

And then there was a Prom

Our homeschool community had a Prom this spring. Our beautiful, teenaged and young adult kids in fancy clothes, being feted and photographed by their grey-tinged, a wee bit wrinkled, camera-happy, tired but proud parents.

The other side of spring

The other side of spring

A list of our spring activities, catching my breath, processing motherhood and this busy time of year.

The warmth of May

The warmth of May

Spring re-orients our linear experience of life (birth, growth, death) to the circular rhythm of the natural world. And in spring I'm reminded that I'm smack dab in the middle of the growing time, a season of life bursting at the seams with creativity and activity.