Monthly Archives: June 2007

Just can’t get enough Super Mario Bros

The boys have an obsession with Super Mario Bros. That’s right, I said it. An obsession. It has lead to many a meltdown because there aren’t any toys locally available that would help satisfy their need to have an action figure for everything they love. There was Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Spider-Man, Ben 10, Power Rangers, […]

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“The Explosive Child”

A while back I wrote a post addressing an issue we’ve been having with our youngest son. It seemed like out of nowhere he began having daily meltdowns and violent tantrums and I began to question whether unschooling was the right thing for us. Well, this week I read a book called, “The Explosive Child” […]

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Stephanie - June 26, 2007 - 3:12 am

Thanks for this post, Evie.
I’m currently making my way between praising my children and letting them find their happiness in their own rites (and rights).
It is a difficult struggle for me, finding a balance between “no praise” and expressing a genuine happiness for them.
Maybe the difference is in the intention?
What I mean is, if it’s genuine, it’s all right, but if you’re trying to encourage a repeat the ‘good’ behavior it’s manupulative?
Not sure.
Anyway. (mayhaps I need to get out Unconditinal Parenting again.)
Thanks for the thoughts, and it was helpful to ponder this thing again from your own family’s situation and words.
A still thinking Steph.

whimsigal - June 26, 2007 - 4:07 am

If I could give my children one skill it would be the ability to find happiness within themselves and not search for it in externa, sources. TO this day I still seek my parents approval and I’m close to 40. You’re so right about there being a fine line between praise and manipulation and we, too, are still trying to find out where it is.

Thank you so much for your comment. You have been missed!

Fun and Games

Here are some pics that I promised I would share: This is the box to Iain and Ryan’s board game. Here is the board. Ryan did the left side and Iain the right. This is a sample of the pieces. We searched for images on the internet and then pasted them onto little wooden squares. […]

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Stephanie - June 26, 2007 - 3:14 am

I’m so impressed!
As we knew I would be!

whimsigal - June 26, 2007 - 4:13 am

Thanks so much!

Hey, check out this website. I think you will really dig this woman’s style!

I haven’t even cooked anything she makes and I already love her.